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diphtheria


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diphtheria  \Diph*the"ri*a\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?  leather  (hence 
  taken  in  the  sense  of  membrane):  cf  ?  to  make  soft,  L. 
  depsere  to  knead.]  (Med.) 
  A  very  dangerous  contagious  disease  in  which  the  air 
  passages,  and  especially  the  throat,  become  coated  with  a 
  false  membrane,  produced  by  the  solidification  of  an 
  inflammatory  exudation.  Cf  {Group}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diphtheria 
  n  :  marked  by  the  formation  of  a  false  membrane  in  the  throat 
  and  other  air  passages  causing  difficulty  in  breathing 




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