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per·tus·sis

 (pər-tŭs′ĭs)
[New Latin : Latin per-, thorough; see per- + Latin tussis, cough.]

per·tus′sal adj.

pertussis

(pəˈtʌsɪs)
n
(Pathology) the technical name for whooping cough
[C18: New Latin, from Latin per- (intensive) + tussis cough]
perˈtussal adj

whoop′ing cough`

(ˈhu pɪŋ, ˈhʊp ɪŋ)

n.
an infectious disease of the respiratory mucous membrane caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis and characterized by a series of short, convulsive coughs followed by a whooping intake of breath. Also called pertussis.
[1730–40]

per·tus·sis

(pər-tŭs′ĭs)

pertussis

whooping cough. — pertussal, adj.
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pertussis

A disease, also known as whooping cough, mainly affecting babies and children. It is caused by a bacterium and is spread by airborne droplets produced by coughing. It causes persistent and often severe coughing spasms and leads to inflammation of the respiratory tract. Children are now vaccinated against pertussis as infants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pertussis - a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness - a disease affecting the respiratory system
Translations

pertussis

n tos ferina, tos convulsiva or convulsa, coqueluche m&f (fam)
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Four confirmed cases of pertussis were identified: three among students with culture-confirmed petussis and one in their 42-year-old teacher.