quinsy

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From Old French quinencie, from Medieval Latin quinancia, from Ancient Greek κυνάγχη (kunankhē, canine quinsy), from κύων (kuōn, dog) + ἄγχω (ankhō, throttle).

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quinsy (plural quinsies)

  1. (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.
    • 1891: 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. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘A Case Of Identity’ (Norton 2005 p.85)

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