[ UK /dɪfθˈi‍əɹɪɐ/ ]
[ US /dɪfˈθɪɹiɑ/ ]
  1. 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
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How To Use diphtheria In A Sentence

  • In this course will be considered diphtheria, small-pox, the insect carriers of disease, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and uncinariasis. The University of Virginia Record
  • After inactivation of the diphtheria poison, or in other words after the detoxication of the body fluids by the addition of diphtheria antitoxin, the dyscrasia is overcome; in its place appears, so to say, a eucrasia. Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture
  • In an undesigned world, plague, pestilence, famine, diphtheria, cancer, tuberculosis, and other natural ills no longer had to be reconciled with the sovereignty of an omnipotent and benevolent deity.
  • Behring, however, who announced, in 1913, his production of a mixture of this kind, and subsequent work which modified and refined the mixture originally produced by Behring resulted in the modern methods of immunization which have largely banished diphtheria from the scourges of mankind. Emil von Behring - Biography
  • Coming as it did from cowsheds in London and from the surrounding countryside; it “proved," in the eyes of Charles Dickens Jr, "often the source of, or rather, perhaps, the means of spreading, serious epidemics of typhoid, diphtheria, and scarlatina.” Archive 2007-12-01
  • Males responded to vaccination with diphtheria and tetanus toxoids by producing specific antibodies to both antigens.
  • First or second degree block, however, can occur with rheumatic carditis, diphtheria, digoxin overdose, and congenital heart defects.
  • Do not understand your message of 31.10. reporting his death from diphtheria.
  • He had his first seizure within hours of receiving a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
  • The diphtheria bacillus also secretes an exotoxin that can cause other symptoms such as inflammation of the heart.
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