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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Angina pectoris.
  • n. A condition, such as severe sore throat, in which spasmodic attacks of suffocating pain occur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Angina pectoris.
  • n. An inflammatory infection of the throat, such as quinsy.
  • n. A chest pain or shortness of breath occurring with lesser degrees of arterial blockage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any inflammatory affection of the throat or faces, as the quinsy, malignant sore throat, croup, etc., especially such as tends to produce suffocation, choking, or shortness of breath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, any inflammatory affection of the throat or fauces, as quinsy, severe sore throat, croup, mumps, etc.
  • n. Angina pectoris (which see, below).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any disease of the throat or fauces marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain
  • n. a heart condition marked by paroxysms of chest pain due to reduced oxygen to the heart


Latin, quinsy, from Greek ankhonē, a strangling; see angh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin angina ("quinsy, literally strangling, choking"), from angere ("to strangle, choke"). (Wiktionary)


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