noun Pathology.
a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess.

1300–50; Middle English quin(e)sie < Medieval Latin quinancia, Late Latin cynanchē < Greek kynánchē sore throat

quinsied, adjective
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quinsy (ˈkwɪnzɪ)
inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues with the formation of abscesses
[C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek kunankhē, from kuōn dog + ankhein to strangle]

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"severe sore throat," c.1300, qwinaci, from O.Fr. quinancie, from L.L. cynanche, from Gk. kynankhe "dog strangling," originally "dog collar," from kyon (gen. kynos) "dog" + ankhein "to strangle," cognate with L. angere (see anger).
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quinsy quin·sy (kwĭn'zē)
See peritonsillar abscess.

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His illness was diagnosed as infectious angina or quinsy, and he was confined to bed.
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