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Meaning of DIPHTHERIA

Pronunciation:  dif'theereeu

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  acute contagious bacterial infection marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing
 

DIPHTHERIA is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: contagion, contagious disease

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Diph*the"ri*a\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? leather (hence
taken in the sense of membrane): cf. ? to make soft, L.
depsere to knead.] (Med.)
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}.

 
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