- Diphtheria is defined as an infectious disease, caused by the bacteria corynebacterium diphtheriae, with a high fever, weakness and difficult breathing and swallowing.
An example of diphtheria is a condition you get when exposed to bacteria that makes it hard for you to swallow or breath.
Origin: Modern Latin ; from French diphtherie (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 topʼel, to strike
- diphtherial adjective
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Origin: New Latin diphthēria, from French diphthérie, from Greek diphtherā, piece of hide, leather; see letter.
- diphˌthe·ritˈic , diph·therˈic , diph·theˈri·al adjective
diphtheria - Cultural Definition
An acute disease, and a contagious disease, caused by bacteria that invade mucous membranes in the body, especially those found in the throat. The bacteria produce toxic substances that can spread throughout the body.
- In developed countries, diphtheria has been virtually wiped out through an active program of infant immunization.
diphtheria - Medical Definition
- diphtheritic , diph·therˈic , diph·theˈri·al adjective
diphtheria - Science Definition
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