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diphtheria

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Definition acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing
  • Children should get 5 doses of DTaP vaccine (Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) between the ages of 2 months and six years.
  • But he died prematurely of diphtheria, and Rosamond afterwards married an elderly and wealthy physician, who took kindly to her four children.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Turners lost a son to diphtheria.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • What about diphtheria and yellow fever?
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • "Diphtheria, I believe it was, poor thing," Mrs. Murphy adds.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Freddy's got a friend coming Tuesday, there's Cecil, and you've promised to take in Minnie Beebe because of the diphtheria scare.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • We have the same swamps and mosquitoes; the same disease and want; the typhoid, the diphtheria, the burning villages.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • I have diphtheria and something else.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • She come through diphtheria right enough the year before.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Owing to an outbreak of diphtheria at Bep's, she won't be allowed to come in contact with us for six weeks.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • His work—one farmer he pulls through diphtheria is worth all my yammering for a castle in Spain.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Fortunately, it was not diphtheria.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • We'll start with anti-diphtheria serum.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Childrenwere carried off by diphtheria, scarlet fever, and measles.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • They had nine children, and five of them died in one week of diphtheria.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • There was diphtheria, typhus, cholera, influenza.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In December he came down with diphtheria, and some one else won the competition, but, returning to college in February, he dauntlessly went after the prize again.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • NOW THAT I WAS about to turn thirteen, I was aware that for Matron, Bachelli, and Ghosh, and for Missing Hospital, the rainy season meant the croup, diphtheria, and measles season.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Diphtheria?
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • These are the used sections—broken bones, cuts, bruises, mumps, measles, backache, scarlet fever, diphtheria, rheumatism, female complaints, hernia, and of course everything to do with pregnancy and the birth of children.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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