diphtheria

noun
diph·​the·​ria | \ dif-ˈthir-ē-ə How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) , nonstandard dip- How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) \

Definition of diphtheria

: 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

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Other Words from diphtheria

diphtherial \ dif-​ˈthir-​ē-​əl How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) , nonstandard  dip-​ \ adjective
diphtheritic \ ˌdif-​thə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) , nonstandard  ˌdip-​ \ adjective

Examples of diphtheria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So while schools are not allowed to mandate a COVID-19 vaccine, students are still required to get their back-to-school immunizations, which include mumps and rubella, varicella, measles, DTap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) and polio. al, 28 July 2021 Indiana law currently requires students at state residential colleges and universities to get immunized for six diseases — diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis. Tom Davies, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Indiana law currently requires students at state residential colleges and universities to get immunized for six diseases — diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis. Tom Davies, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Included on the list of mandatory vaccines are shots for diseases like diphtheria, hepatitis B and tetanus. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 Every state requires children to be vaccinated to attend school, with inoculations for mumps, measles and rubella, as well as polio and diphtheria among the most common. Yoree Koh, WSJ, 11 June 2021 She was hired in 1954 by the Maricopa County Public Health Department to start an immunization program in schools to control an outbreak of diphtheria. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2021 There are 14 different vaccines that are recommended for children between birth and age 6, including those for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 6 June 2021 Why does Wisconsin require schoolchildren to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, diphtheria, pertussis, polio and tetanus? John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of diphtheria

circa 1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diphtheria

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

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The first known use of diphtheria was circa 1851

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diphtheria

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diphtheria

medical : a serious disease that makes breathing very difficult

diphtheria

noun
diph·​the·​ria | \ dif-ˈthir-ē-ə How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) , dip- \

Kids Definition of diphtheria

: a contagious disease that often makes breathing and swallowing difficult

diphtheria

noun
diph·​the·​ria | \ dif-ˈthir-ē-ə How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) , dip- How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) \

Medical Definition of diphtheria

: 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

Other Words from diphtheria

diphtherial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce diphtheria (audio) \ adjective

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