Definition of quinsy in English:

quinsy

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪnzi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess in the region of the tonsils: his examination disclosed quinsy in the mother [in singular]: a large boil behind the tonsils is called a quinsy
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    • Penicillin V may reduce the development of streptococcal sequelae, such as quinsy, scarlet fever, or impetigo
    • I examined him flat on the bed: the pharynx was a little red, but there was no quinsy or obvious swelling, and no cervical lymphadenopathy.
    • Our trial was not designed to study whether penicillin would prevent quinsy or peritonsillar cellulitis.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French quinencie, from medieval Latin quinancia, from Greek kunankhē 'canine quinsy', from kun- 'dog' + ankhein 'throttle'.

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