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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

diphtherial \-ē-əl\play adjective




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