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[per-tuhs-is] /pərˈtʌs ɪs/
noun, Pathology
1790-1800; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin per- per- + tussis a cough
Related forms
pertussal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pertussis
  • pertussis, known commonly as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease.
  • Measles was on the decline, pertussis was on the decline, rubella was on the decline.
  • Information on symptoms, vaccines and treatment for pertussis.
  • pertussis is a serious bacterial respiratory illness and can infect persons of all ages.
  • pertussis is increasingly being recognised as a cause of troublesome coughing in adults.
British Dictionary definitions for pertussis


the technical name for whooping cough
Derived Forms
pertussal, adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Latin per- (intensive) + tussis cough
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Word Origin and History for pertussis

"whooping cough," 1670s (Sydenham), from Modern Latin pertussis, from per- "thoroughly" + tussis "cough," of unknown origin.

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pertussis in Medicine

pertussis per·tus·sis (pər-tŭs'ĭs)
See whooping cough.

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pertussis in Science
See whooping cough.
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