An example of diphtheria is a condition you get when exposed to bacteria that makes it hard for you to swallow or breath.
Origin of diphtheriaModern Latin from French diphthérie (so named (1855) by A. Trousseau (1801-67), French physician, replacing earlier diphthérite, first used (1821) by P. Bretonneau (1778-1862), French physician) from Classical Greek diphthera, leather from dephein, to tan hides from Indo-European base an unverified form deph-, to knead, stamp from source Armenian top'el, to strike
Origin of diphtheriaNew Latin diphthēria from French diphthérie from Greek diphtherā piece of hide, leather ; see letter .
- diph′the·rit′ic diph·ther′ic diph·the′ri·al
(countable and uncountable, plural diphtherias)
From French diphthérie, coined 1857 by Pierre Bretonneau; from Ancient Greek διφθέρα (diphthera, “prepared hide, leather”), for the tough membrane that forms in the throat. Bretonneau earlier used diphthérite, from which diphtheritis.