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dɪfˈθɪər i ə, dɪp-diph·the·ri·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diphtherianoun

    acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing


  1. diphtherianoun

    A highly infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract characterised by a sore throat, fever, and difficulty breathing. Its effects are due to a potent toxin secreted by a bacterium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diphtherianoun

    a very dangerous contagious disease in which the air passages, and especially the throat, become coated with a false membrane, produced by the solidification of an inflammatory exudation. Cf. Group

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. leather (hence taken in the sense of membrane): cf. to make soft, L. depsere to knead.]


  1. Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract illness caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, a facultative anaerobic, Gram-positive bacterium. It is characterized by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity. A milder form of diphtheria can be restricted to the skin. Less common consequences include myocarditis and peripheral neuropathy. Diphtheria is a contagious disease spread by direct physical contact or breathing the aerosolized secretions of infected individuals. Historically quite common, diphtheria has largely been eradicated in industrialized nations through widespread vaccination. In the United States, for example, there were 53 reported cases of diphtheria between 1980 and 2000, but only a total of 2 cases of diphtheria have been reported in the 21st century, the last of which was in 2003. The diphtheria–pertussis–tetanus vaccine is recommended for all school-age children in the U.S., and boosters of the vaccine are recommended for adults, since the benefits of the vaccine decrease with age without constant re-exposure; they are particularly recommended for those traveling to areas where the disease has not been eradicated.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diphtheria

    dif-thē′ri-a, n. a throat disease in which the air-passages become covered and impeded with a leathery membrane, and a dangerous fever is present.—adj. Diphtherit′ic. [A coinage of 1859 from Gr. diphthera, leather.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Diphtheria

    a contagious disease characterised by the formation of a false membrane on the back of the throat.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Diphtheria

    A localized infection of mucous membranes or skin caused by toxigenic strains of CORYNEBACTERIUM DIPHTHERIAE. It is characterized by the presence of a pseudomembrane at the site of infection. DIPHTHERIA TOXIN, produced by C. diphtheriae, can cause myocarditis, polyneuritis, and other systemic toxic effects.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diphtheria in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diphtheria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of diphtheria in a Sentence

  1. Manuel Olivares:

    This and the comeback of diphtheria and measles, is the result of a serious deficiency in the Immunization Plan.

  2. Amador Medina:

    The Warao community here is reacting with apathy : most of the population is not aware of the seriousness of the case, culturally, they just consider The Warao community just another disease like diphtheria or malaria, just one more case.

  3. James Campbell:

    Nobody's dying of polio, nobody's dying of measles in the United States. Nobody's dying of diphtheria.

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