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Related to quinsy: tonsillitis, Ludwig's angina


Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin quinancia and Old French quinancie, both from Greek kunankhē, dog quinsy, dog-collar : kuōn, kun-, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots + ankhein, to squeeze; see angh- in Indo-European roots.]


(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]


(ˈkwɪn zi)

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]
quin′sied, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quinsy - a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
angina - any disease of the throat or fauces marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain


[ˈkwɪnzɪ] Nangina f


n (old)Mandelentzündung f
References in classic literature ?
The next day I came down with an attack of quinsy, which kept me in the house for nearly two weeks.
The wolf paused, turned its heavy forehead toward the dogs awkwardly, like a man suffering from the quinsy, and, still slightly swaying from side to side, gave a couple of leaps and with a swish of its tail disappeared into the skirt of the wood.
He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech.
The 31-year-old reality beautywas struck with quinsy - a serious complication of tonsillitis in which pus filled abscess form on the tonsils and wall of the throat.
Many times she told me of the occasion she nearly died of quinsy, and the doctor was called.
The 33-year-old has been suffering from quinsy - a serious form of tonsillitis that causes abscesses to form in the back of the throat.
The management of PTA varies from antibiotic administration, needle aspiration, incision and drainage, quinsy tonsillectomy.
Special attention was given to the presenting complaints, any precipitating factors like toothache, quinsy, any history of foreign body ingestion, any recent iatrogenic trauma like endoscopic procedure, tooth extraction, a/c tonsillitis or parotitis, any relevant past history like recurrent toothache, chronic tonsillitis and history of conditions of immunosuppression like diabetes mellitus, chemotherapy, steroid treatment, chronic renal failure or chronic liver failure.
LAHORE -- Three more children died of deadly Quinsy disease in different cities of Punjab on Sunday after which death toll during the current month has mounted to 37.
Artist and activist Quinsy Gario, known as one of the initiators of Zwarte Piet Is Racisme (Black Pete Is Racism) (4) and several Black Pete protests, responded on Facebook: "Thank you very much, Mark Rutte.
His biographer speculates that McDonald suffered from a form of rheumatoid arthritis, (29) a diagnosis the diary shares along with other symptoms and ailments, for example, chronic fever, bronchitis, neuralgia, quinsy, and chronic insomnia.