- a febrile, infectious disease caused by the bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae, and characterized by the formation of a false membrane in the air passages, especially the throat.
Origin of diphtheria
Examples from the Web for diphtheria
Diphtheria, on the other hand, is perfectly capable of causing an outbreak in a vulnerable population.
Thankfully, diphtheria has been essentially eliminated in the United States.
Instead, the concerns reflect the fact that unlike measles or diphtheria or rubella, HPV is not spread by casual contact.HPV Vaccine's Tricky Ethics
September 14, 2011
His optimism led him to compare ending poverty to eradicating scarlet fever and diphtheria.Sargent Shriver's America
January 18, 2011
One of his brothers died of diphtheria during the Nazi siege of Leningrad in World War II.How Tolstoy Can Save Putin’s Soul
Andrew D. Kaufman
May 10, 2014
The immediate cause of diphtheria has been known only within recent years.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
How she had got it nobody knew; but diphtheria Jane had, and of the most malignant type.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
It is no longer necessary for children to choke to death with diphtheria.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
There was no sign of further outbreak of diphtheria upon the island.The Mermaid
I saw it often enough when I had diphtheria and he was taking my pulse.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
- an acute contagious disease caused by the bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae, producing fever, severe prostration, and difficulty in breathing and swallowing as the result of swelling of the throat and formation of a false membrane
Word Origin and History for diphtheria
from French diphthérie, coined 1857 by physician Pierre Bretonneau (1778-1862) from Greek diphthera "prepared hide, leather," of unknown origin; the disease so called for the tough membrane that forms in the throat. Bretonneau's earlier name for it was diphthérite, anglicized as diphtheritis (1826). Formerly known in England as the Boulogne sore throat, because it spread from France.
- An acute infectious disease caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, and characterized by the production of a systemic toxin and the formation of a false membrane on the lining of the mucous membrane of the throat and other respiratory passages, causing difficulty in breathing, high fever, and weakness. The toxin is particularly harmful to the tissues of the heart and central nervous system.
- An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae and characterized by fever, swollen glands, and the formation of a membrane in the throat that prevents breathing. Infants are routinely vaccinated against diphtheria, which was once a common cause of death in children.