One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess in the region of the tonsils.
- ‘It was a nightmare, especially when I developed quinsy, a type of abscess, in my right tonsil.’
- ‘Penicillin V may reduce the development of streptococcal sequelae, such as quinsy, scarlet fever, or impetigo’
- ‘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).’
- ‘A new study from Holland, published in this week's issue, has confirmed that antibiotics protect against quinsy.’
- ‘Troubled by quinsy for his entire life, he often sacrificed his own health to build the organization.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Nobody ever gets shingles or quinsy, or mumps in a novel.’
- ‘Our trial was not designed to study whether penicillin would prevent quinsy or peritonsillar cellulitis.’
Middle English: from Old French quinencie, from medieval Latin quinancia, from Greek kunankhē ‘canine quinsy’, from kun- ‘dog’ + ankhein ‘throttle’.
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