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 (dĭf-thîr′ē-ə, dĭp-)
An acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which infects mucous membranes of the throat, causing formation of a thick layer called the false membrane that can obstruct breathing, and producing a potent toxin that enters the bloodstream and causes systemic effects that include damage to the heart and nervous system.

[New Latin diphthēria, from French diphthérie, from Greek diphtherā, piece of hide, leather; see letter.]

diph′the·rit′ic (-thə-rĭt′ĭk), diph·ther′ic (-thĕr′ĭk), diph·the′ri·al adj.
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Membranous patch is an inflammatory condition, in which the cells of mucous membrane surface are eroded, an exudate is laid down on the surface and the whole necrotic layer is bound by fibrosis to the underlying tissue to form a false membrane classically seen in diphtheritic membrane.
Patient was followed for three months and throat examination showed that diphtheritic membrane and congestion has resolved and patient developed none of the complications i.
Numerous thin, white, up to 1-cm-long nematodes, identified as S incognita, were observed embedded in the pharyngeal and esophageal mucosa under the diphtheritic membranes.