One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess in the region of the tonsils.‘his examination disclosed quinsy in the mother’in singular ‘a large boil behind the tonsils is called a quinsy’
- ‘I examined him flat on the bed: the pharynx was a little red, but there was no quinsy or obvious swelling, and no cervical lymphadenopathy.’
- ‘It was a nightmare, especially when I developed quinsy, a type of abscess, in my right tonsil.’
- ‘Our trial was not designed to study whether penicillin would prevent quinsy or peritonsillar cellulitis.’
- ‘Troubled by quinsy for his entire life, he often sacrificed his own health to build the organization.’
- ‘They adhered to the policy for almost a year, during which they observed an unprecedented rise in the number of patients with quinsy (diagnosis confirmed on admission to hospital).’
- ‘Penicillin V may reduce the development of streptococcal sequelae, such as quinsy, scarlet fever, or impetigo’
- ‘A new study from Holland, published in this week's issue, has confirmed that antibiotics protect against quinsy.’
- ‘Nobody ever gets shingles or quinsy, or mumps in a novel.’
Middle English: from Old French quinencie, from medieval Latin quinancia, from Greek kunankhē ‘canine quinsy’, from kun- ‘dog’ + ankhein ‘throttle’.
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