Pronunciation: (dif'thu-roid", dip'-), [key]
resembling diphtheria, esp. in the formation of a false membrane in the throat.
any bacterium, esp. of the genus Corynebacterium, that resembles the diphtheria bacillus but does not produce diphtheria toxin.
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