Definition of Quisy
Quinsy, inflammation of the tonsils of the throat.
Quin"sy (?), n. [Contr. fr.
squinancy, F. esquinancie, L. cynanche a sort of
sore throat, Gr. &?; sore throat, dog quinsy, fr. &?; dog + &?; to
choke; cf. also L. synanche sore throat, Gr. &?;. Cf.
Hound, Anger, and Cynanche.] (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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
- (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.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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