What does the word diphtheria mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Margaret Widdemer