Definitions for: Quinsy


[n] a painful pus-filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis



Webster (1913) Definition: Quin"sy, n. [Contr. fr. squinancy, F. esquinancie, L.
cynanche a sort of sore throat, Gr. ? sore throat, dog
quinsy, fr. ? dog + ? to choke; cf. also L. synanche sore
throat, Gr. ?. Cf. Hound, Anger, and Cynanche.] (Med.)
An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially
of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling,
painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by
inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of
suffocation; -- called also squinancy, and squinzey.

Synonyms: peritonsillar abscess

See Also: angina


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