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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cynanche \Cy*nan"che\ (s?-n?n"k?), n. [L., fr. Gr. ????? a dog's collar, a bad kind of sore throat. Cf. Quinsy.] (Med.) Any disease of the tonsils, throat, or windpipe, attended with inflammation, swelling, and difficulty of breathing and swallowing. [1913 Webster]