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corynebacterium British & World English

A bacterium which sometimes causes disease in humans and other animals, including diphtheria

Corynebacterium in corynebacterium British & World English

A bacterium which sometimes causes disease in humans and other animals, including diphtheria

Corynebacterium diphtheriae in Klebs–Löffler bacillus British & World English

A bacterium that causes diphtheria in humans and similar diseases in other animals

Corynebacterium diphtheriae in diphtheria British & World English

An acute and highly contagious bacterial disease causing inflammation of the mucous membranes, formation of a false membrane in the throat which hinders breathing and swallowing, and potentially fatal heart and nerve damage by a bacterial toxin in the blood. It is now rare in developed countries owing to immunization