Cynanche Tonsillaris. The characteristic symptoms of this affection
are, swelling and florid redness of the mucous membrane of the fauces,
and especially of the tonsils; painful and impeded degluition, accompanied
with inflammatory fever. [Dunglison1874].
throat disease in general. [Cleaveland1886].
A common term for acute suppurative tonsillitis.
The English word (formerly squinzey) is a corruption of Fr. esquinancie,
and is derived from the suffocating tendency of the ailment. [Britannica1911].
abscess in the connective tissue around a tonsil usually resulting
from bacterial infection and often accompanied by fever, pain, and
swelling -- called also peritonsillar abscess. [Webster].
"quinsy" was first used in popular
English literature: sometime before 1869. [Webster].
from a 1758 London, England
Example from an 1860 death certificate
from West Virginia: