quinsy

quinsy
quinsied, adj.
/kwin"zee/, n. Pathol.
a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess.
[1300-50; ME quin(e)sie < ML quinancia, LL cynanche < Gk kynánche sore throat]

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      also called Peritonsillar Abscess, pus-filled swelling in the throat that develops infrequently as a complication of acute tonsillitis. It extends through the tonsillar capsule into the loose connective tissue of the neck and displaces the involved tonsil toward the midline of the throat. Extreme pain accompanying the condition interferes with swallowing and talking. Often there is high fever and general prostration. Although acute tonsillitis is usually caused by streptococci, these organisms are not always present in the quinsy pus. Surgical incision and draining are sometimes needed if antibiotics are not given promptly.

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  • quinsy — ► NOUN ▪ inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess near the tonsils. ORIGIN Greek kunankh canine quinsy , from kun dog + ankhein to strangle …   English terms dictionary

  • quinsy — (n.) 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 (see CANINE (Cf. canine)) + ankhein to strangle, cognate with L …   Etymology dictionary

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  • quinsy — [14] Quinsy, a now virtually obsolete term for ‘sore throat’, has one of those etymologies that strain credulity to the limit. For it comes ultimately from a Greek term that meant literally ‘dog strangling’. This was kunágkhē, a compound formed… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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  • quinsy — quin•sy [[t]ˈkwɪn zi[/t]] n. pat an abscess located between the tonsil and the pharynx accompanied by a severe sore throat and fever • Etymology: 1300–50; ME quin(e) sie < ML quinancia, LL cynanchē < Gk kynánchē sore throat, quinsy… …   From formal English to slang

  • quinsy — [14] Quinsy, a now virtually obsolete term for ‘sore throat’, has one of those etymologies that strain credulity to the limit. For it comes ultimately from a Greek term that meant literally ‘dog strangling’. This was kunágkhē, a compound formed… …   Word origins

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