Definition of Quinsy

1. Noun. A painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis.

Exact synonyms: Peritonsillar Abscess
Generic synonyms: Angina



Definition of Quinsy

1. n. 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.

Definition of Quinsy

1. Noun. (pathology) A painful pus-filled inflammation or abscess of the tonsils and surrounding tissues, usually a complication of tonsillitis, caused by bacterial infection and often accompanied by fever. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quinsy

1. an inflammation of the tonsils [n -SIES] : QUINSIED [adj]

Medical Definition of Quinsy

1. 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. Synonym: squinancy, and squinzey. Origin: 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. (10 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quinsy

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Literary usage of Quinsy

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1. A Practical Treatise on Disease in Children by Eustace Smith (1889)
"The name ' quinsy ' is, however, applied to a special primary affection which ... Although occasionally met with in young children, quinsy cannot be said to ..."

2. A Text-book of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by Francke Huntington Bosworth (1896)
"This, of course, is characteristic of the most frequent form of quinsy, ... A certain amount of importance is attached, in the literature of quinsy, ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1888)
"Hypertrophic Hepatic Cirrhosis in an Infant-—Dr. Cocaine in quinsy.—At a recent meeting of the Clinical Society of London, Dr. de Havilland Hall read notes ..."

4. Theory and Practice of Veterinary Medicine by Austin H. Baker, Alexander Eger (1911)
"quinsy. In the human, quinsy is inflammation of the tonsils in which abscesses form. ... quinsy is always secondary to severe inflammation of the throat. ..."

5. The Practice of medicine on Thomsonian principles ... and a materia medica by John W. Comfort (1853)
"quinsy. In cases that are more difficult, apply the vapor bath, ... The term quinsy is applied to a sudden inflammation and swelling of the tonsil gland, ..."

6. Diseases of the Nose and Throat by J. Price-Brown (1900)
"ACUTE TONSILLITIS, OR quinsy. THE close observation with which this disease has been observed during recent years has established the fact that although the ..."

7. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"... R. White, Van der Gucht, and Houbraken. considerable amount of landed property purchased by him in the neighbourhood. He died of a" quinsy at ..."

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