Definitions for quinsyˈkwɪn zi
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an abscess located between the tonsil and the pharynx accompanied by a severe sore throat and fever.
Origin of quinsy:
1300–50; ME quin(e)sie < ML quinancia, LL cynanchē < Gk kynánchē sore throat, quinsy
quinsy, peritonsillar abscess(noun)
a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
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.
Origin: From quinencie, from quinancia, from κυνάγχη, from κύων + ἄγχω.
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
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
inflammation of the tonsils of the throat.