diphtheroid


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diphtheroid

 [dif´thĕ-roid]
1. resembling diphtheria or the diphtheria bacillus.

diph·the·roid

(dif'thĕ-royd),
1. One of a group of local infections suggesting diphtheria, but caused by microorganisms other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Synonym(s): Epstein disease, false diphtheria, pseudodiphtheria
2. Any microorganism resembling Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
[diphtheria + G. eidos, resemblance]

diphtheroid

/diph·the·roid/ (dif´thĕ-roid)
1. resembling diphtheria or the diphtheria bacillus.
2. any member of Corynebacterium other than C. diphtheriae.

diphtheroid

[dif′thəroid′]
Etymology: Gk, diphthera, leather membrane, eidos, form
1 pertaining to diphtheria.
2 resembling the bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

diph·the·roid

(dif'thĕ-royd)
1. One of a group of local infections suggesting diphtheria, but caused by microorganisms other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
Synonym(s): pseudodiphtheria.
2. Any microorganism resembling Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
[diphtheria + G. eidos, resemblance]

Epstein,

Alois, Czech pediatrician working in Austria, 1849-1918.
Epstein disease - one of a group of local infections suggesting diphtheria, but caused by microorganisms other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Synonym(s): diphtheroid
Epstein pearls - multiple small white epithelial inclusion cysts found in the midline of the palate in newborn infants.
Epstein sign - lid retraction in an infant, giving it a frightened expression and a wild glance.
Epstein symptom

diph·the·roid

(dif'thĕ-royd)
One of a group of local infections suggesting diphtheria, but caused by microorganisms other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
Synonym(s): Epstein disease.
[diphtheria + G. eidos, resemblance]

diphtheroid

1. resembling the diphtheria bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae. See also coryneform.
2. pseudodiphtheria.
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Gram-positive diphtheroid organisms from wound specimens are occasionally considered to be skin commensal organisms.
There was no evidence of a pathogenic infection in the wound, as cultures yielded only 'normal skin flora', which included coagulase negative Staphylococcus and diphtheroids.
equi was originally termed Corynebacterium equi due to its morphological characteristics representing diphtheroids.
equi reveals pleomorphic, gram-positive bacilli varying from coccoid to long, curved, clubbed forms, often resembling diphtheroids.
On day 21 of admission, she had a low-grade fever that resolved after removal of the catheter, the tip of which produced a culture of diphtheroids.
Cultures of four vascular catheter tips after their removal grew both diphtheroids and coagulase-negative staphylococci, which were considered to be normal skin flora.