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QUINSY

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 760 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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QUINSY, a common term for acute suppurative tonsilitis (q.v.). The English word (formerly " squinzey ") is a corruption of Fr. esquinancie, from Gr. KuvayXrl WOW, dog, and ayxew, to choke), and is derived from the suffocating tendency of the ailment.
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