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diphtheria

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noun diph·the·ria \dif-ˈthir-ē-ə, ÷dip-\

Simple Definition of diphtheria

  • medical : a serious disease that makes breathing very difficult

Full Definition of diphtheria

  1. :  an acute febrile contagious disease typically marked by the formation of a false membrane especially in the throat and caused by a gram-positive bacterium (Corynebacterium diphtheriae) that produces a toxin causing inflammation of the heart and nervous system

diph·the·ri·al play \-ē-əl\ adjective
diph·the·rit·ic play \ˌdif-thə-ˈri-tik, ÷ˌdip-\ adjective

Origin of diphtheria

New Latin, from French diphthérie, from Greek diphthera leather; from the toughness of the false membrane


First Known Use: circa 1851


DIPHTHERIA Defined for Kids

diphtheria

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noun diph·the·ria \dif-ˈthir-ē-ə, dip-\

Definition of diphtheria

  1. :  a contagious disease that often makes breathing and swallowing difficult




Medical Dictionary

diphtheria

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noun diph·the·ria \dif-ˈthir-ē-ə, dip-\

Medical Definition of diphtheria

  1. :  an acute febrile contagious disease typically marked by the formation of a false membrane especially in the throat and caused by a bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium (C. diphtheriae) which produces a toxin causing inflammation of the heart and nervous system

  2. diph·the·ri·al \-ē-əl\play adjective





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