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diph·the·ria

n :  an acute febrile contagious disease marked by the formation of a false membrane esp. in the throat and caused by a bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium (C. diphtheriae) which produces a toxin causing inflammation of the heart and nervous system diph*the*ri*al adj 
 
   

 
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