from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tonsillitis; specifically, a deep suppurative tonsillitis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
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)
From Old French quinencie, from Medieval Latin quinancia, from Ancient Greek κυνάγχη ("canine quinsy"), from κύων ("dog") + ἄγχω ("throttle"). (Wiktionary)