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diphtheroid

[dif-thuh-roid, dip-] /ˈdɪf θəˌrɔɪd, ˈdɪp-/
adjective, Pathology.
1.
resembling diphtheria, especially in the formation of a false membrane in the throat.
noun
2.
any bacterium, especially of the genus Corynebacterium, that resembles the diphtheria bacillus but does not produce diphtheria toxin.
Origin of diphtheroid
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; diphther(ia) + -oid
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diphtheroids in Medicine

diphtheroid diph·the·roid (dĭf'thə-roid')
n.

  1. A local infection that resembles diphtheria, especially in the formation of a false membrane, but that is caused by a microorganism other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Also called pseudodiphtheria.

  2. Any of various microorganisms resembling Corynebacterium diphtheriae.


diph'the·roid' adj.
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