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Meaning of diphtheria

diph•the•ri•a

Pronunciation: (dif-thēr'ē-u, dip-), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. a febrile, infectious disease caused by the bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae, and characterized by the formation of a false membrane in the air passages, esp. the throat.
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