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 diphtheria
- New Latin diphthēria from French diphthérie from Greek diphtherā piece of hide, leather letter
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.