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diphtheroid
medical dictionary

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

Synonyms: Epstein's disease, false diphtheria, pseudodiphtheria.

2. Any microorganism resembling Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Origin: diphtheria + G. Eidos, resemblance

(05 Mar 2000)