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Pronunciation: dif'the-royd


  1. One of a group of local infections suggesting diphtheria, but caused by microorganisms other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
  2. Any microorganism resembling Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Synonym(s): Epstein disease, false diphtheria, pseudodiphtheria

[diphtheria + G. eidos, resemblance]

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