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diphtheria

noun [U] uk   /dɪfˈθɪə.ri.ə/ /dɪp-/ us    /-ˈθɪr.i-/
a serious infectious disease that causes fever and difficulty in breathing and swallowingFevers and infectious diseasesColds and flu
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