quinsy(redirected from Quinsies)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to Quinsies: peritonsillar abscess, throat abscess
Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.
(Pathology) 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]
an abscess located between the tonsil and the pharynx accompanied by a severe sore throat and fever.
[1300–50; Middle English quin(e)sie < Medieval Latin quinancia, Late Latin cynanchē < Greek kynánchē sore throat, quinsy]