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diphtheria

diph·the·ri·a

diphtheria

 
pronunciation:
dIf thi ri [or] dIp thi ri
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part of speech: noun
definition: a severe contagious bacterial infection whose symptoms are high fever and difficulty in breathing.
A vaccine against diphtheria was developed in the 1920s.A diphtheria epidemic killed a great number of children in the New England colonies in the 1800s.People die of diphtheria in areas of the world where the population is not vaccinated.
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