American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tonsillitis; specifically, a deep suppurative tonsillitis.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also
squinancy, and squinzey.
- n. a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
- From Old French quinencie, from Medieval Latin quinancia, from Ancient Greek κυνάγχη ("canine quinsy"), from κύων ("dog") + ἄγχω ("throttle"). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For the Church of the Badia of Florence he made a very beautiful S. Jerome; and he began a Deposition from the Cross for the high-altar of the Friars of the Nunziata, but only finished the figures in the upper half of the picture, for, being overcome by a most cruel fever and by that contraction of the throat that is commonly known as quinsy, he died in a few days at the age of forty-five.”
“The name Prunella (which belongs more rightly to another herb) has been given to the Sanicle, perhaps, through its having been originally known as Brunella, Brownwort, both because of the brown colour of its spikes, and from its being supposed to cure the disease called in Germany _die braune_, a kind of quinsy; on the doctrine of signatures, because the corolla resembles a throat with swollen glands.”
“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.”
“Next day, I was in my surgery, listening patiently to an elderly lady from the village, some relation to the soup cook, who was rather garrulously detailing her daughter-in-law's bout with the morbid sore throat that theoretically had something to do with her current complaint of quinsy, though I couldn't at the moment see the connection.”
“There was a child of my own, and he but a year and a-half old, and he got a quinsy and a choking in the throat and I was holding him in my arms beside the fire, and all in a minute he died.”
“He was sick with quinsy, a severe throat infection, and malaria.”
“It is a good symptom when swelling on the outside of the neck seizes a person very ill of quinsy, for the disease is turned outwardly.”
“Persons who escape an attack of quinsy, and when the disease is turned upon the lungs, die in seven days; or if they pass these they become affected with empyema.”
“It is a good sign when swelling and redness on the breast seize a person very ill of quinsy, for in this case the disease is diverted outwardly.”
“The woman affected with quinsy, who lodged in the house of Aristion: her complaint began in the tongue; speech inarticulate; tongue red and parched.”
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