Part of speech: noun

An infectious disease with tendency to form a false membrane in the throat.

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Usage examples "diphtheria":

  1. From this cause, Dr. Poole, the Health Officer, declared, a diphtheria epidemic started which caused several deaths and necessitated the closing of a part of the school for four weeks. - "Janice Day", Helen Beecher Long.
  2. There's a family in town that's got the diphtheria." - "The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife", Ellen M. Firebaugh.
  3. You have to give people blood out of your strong, bared right arm, and cure them of diphtheria, and scrub floors- oh, no, it's the nurses do that. - "The Wishing-Ring Man", Margaret Widdemer.