2. Adjective. Of, pertaining to or resembling the diphtheria bacillus ''Corynebacterium diphtheriae'' ¹
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Definition of Diphtheroid
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Medical Definition of Diphtheroid
1. 1. One of a group of local infections suggesting diphtheria, but caused by microorganisms other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Synonym: Epstein's disease, false diphtheria, pseudodiphtheria. 2. Any microorganism resembling Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Origin: diphtheria + G. Eidos, resemblance (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Diphtheroid
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1. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"In a third group the affection is really a follicular enteritis, involving the solitary glands, which are swollen and capped with an area of diphtheroid ..."
2. The Diseases of infancy and childhood by Henry Koplik (1918)
"By far the most important group is that first mentioned, the pseudomembranous or diphtheroid inflammation caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes, ..."
3. The British Journal of Dermatology by British Association of Dermatology (1907)
"After rupture or collapse of the vesicles the elements may be covered with a diphtheroid coating, or be denuded with a granulating base, ..."
4. Review of Neurology and Psychiatry (1905)
"... of various bacterial forms, but specially upon the abundant growth of a diphtheroid bacillus, which gives the disease its distinctive characters. ..."
5. Diseases of the Nose and Throat by Charles Huntoon Knight (1903)
"ULCERO-MEMBRANOUS OR diphtheroid ANGINA. TONSILLITIS. Inflammation of the tonsil may involve the mucous membrane covering the gland, ..."
6. Internal Medicine by David Bovaird (1912)
"Most cases are very severe and prolonged and as many as one-third or one-half of them prove fatal. diphtheroid inflammations seem to be slightly, if at all, ..."