[ dif-thuh-rit-ik, dip- ]

  1. pertaining to diphtheria.

  2. affected by diphtheria.

Origin of diphtheritic

1840–50; earlier diphtherit(is) (see diphtheria, -itis) + -ic
  • Also diph·the·ri·al [dif-theer-ee-uhl, dip-], /dɪfˈθɪər i əl, dɪp-/, diph·ther·ic [dif-ther-ik, dip-]. /dɪfˈθɛr ɪk, dɪp-/.

Other words from diphtheritic

  • diph·the·rit·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·diph·the·rit·ic, adjective, noun
  • non·diph·the·ri·al, adjective
  • non·diph·ther·ic, adjective
  • non·diph·the·rit·ic, adjective
  • post·diph·the·ri·al, adjective
  • post·diph·ther·ic, adjective
  • post·diph·the·rit·ic, adjective
  • pre·diph·the·rit·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·diph·the·ri·al, adjective
  • pseu·do·diph·ther·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·diph·the·rit·ic, adjective

Words Nearby diphtheritic

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How to use diphtheritic in a sentence

  • Later came the memorable attack of diphtheritic sore throat, that made them all so kind.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • You've only got a weak chest, but I've got a diphtheritic throat!

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • It is called "false" croup, because "true" croup is always diphtheritic and is a very serious disease.

  • Until lately doctors used to risk their life in treating the throats of diphtheritic patients.

    Major Prophets of To-Day | Edwin E. Slosson
  • Send package 1,500 units diphtheritic Serum marked with my name to station.

    The Depot Master | Joseph C. Lincoln