Definition of “diphtheria” - English Dictionary

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“diphtheria” in British English

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diphtherianoun [ U ]

uk /dɪfˈθɪə.ri.ə/ /dɪpˈθɪə.ri.ə/ us /dɪfˈθɪr.i.ə/ /dɪpˈθɪr.i.ə/

Examples from literature

  • By what means are malaria, typhoid fever, diphtheria, and tuberculosis spread from one individual to another? 
  • Eight persons suffering from diphtheria were at the Miami Valley Hospital. 
  • My father and mother died in a scourge of diphtheria that swept the neighborhood when I was a boy of five. 
  • Poor little boy, with all his joy of life and enthusiasms, struck down by diphtheria! 
  • Thus the bacteria of Asiatic cholera and diphtheria may destroy life in a few hours, while those of consumption may take years to produce a fatal result. 

(Definition of “diphtheria” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“diphtheria” in American English

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diphtherianoun [ U ]

us /dɪfˈθəɪr·i·ə, dɪp-/

(Definition of “diphtheria” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)