This article is from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica. Medical science has made many leaps forward since it has been written. This is not a site for medical advice, when you need information on a medical condition, consult a professional instead.
QUINSY, a common term for acute suppurative tonsilitis (q.v.). The English word (formerly "squinzey") is a corruption of Fr. esquinancie, from Gr. «n)6.190 @cuwv, dog, and ayXew, to choke), and is derived from the suffocating tendency of the ailment.
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