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[New Latin : Latin per-, thorough; see per- + Latin tussis, cough.]
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(Pathology) the technical name for whooping cough
[C18: New Latin, from Latin per- (intensive) + tussis cough]
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whoop′ing cough`(ˈhu pɪŋ, ˈhʊp ɪŋ)
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.
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whooping cough. — pertussal, adj.See also: Disease and Illness
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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.
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|Noun||1.||pertussis - a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane|
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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pertussisn tos ferina, tos convulsiva or convulsa, coqueluche m&f (fam)
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