calf diphtheria

noun

: an infectious disease of the mouth and pharynx of calves and young cattle associated with the presence of large numbers of a bacterium of the genus Fusobacterium (F. necrophorum) and commonly resulting in pneumonia or generalized septicemia if untreated

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“Calf diphtheria.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/calf%20diphtheria. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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