|the technical name for whooping cough|
|[C18: New Latin, from Latin per- (intensive) + tussis cough]|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
pertussis per·tus·sis (pər-tŭs'ĭs)
See whooping cough.