Inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess in the region of the tonsils.
More example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French quinencie, from medieval Latin quinancia, from Greek kunankhē 'canine quinsy', from kun- 'dog' + ankhein 'throttle'.
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