whooping cough

[hoo-ping, hoop-ing]
noun Pathology.
an infectious disease of the respiratory mucous membrane, caused by Bordetella pertussis, characterized by a series of short, convulsive coughs followed by a deep inspiration accompanied by a whooping sound.
Also called pertussis.


Origin:
1730–40

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whooping cough (ˈhuːpɪŋ)
 
n
Technical name: pertussis an acute infectious disease characterized by coughing spasms that end with a shrill crowing sound on inspiration: caused by infection with the bacillus Bordetella pertussis

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whooping cough whoop·ing cough (hōō'pĭng, hwōō'-, wōō'-, hup'ĭng)
n.
A highly contagious disease of the respiratory system, usually affecting children, that is caused by Bordetella pertussis and is marked in its advanced stage by spasms of coughing interspersed with deep, noisy inspirations. Also called pertussis.

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whooping cough   (h'pĭng, hp'ĭng, w'pĭng, wp'ĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordatella pertussis, seen most commonly in children and characterized by coughing spasms often ending in loud gasps. Vaccinations usually given during infancy confer immunity to the disease. Also called pertussis.
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whooping cough (pertussis) [(hooh-ping, hoop-ing)]

An acute and infectious disease occurring mainly in children and characterized by violent coughing. Caused by a kind of bacteria, whooping cough has largely been eradicated in the United States through a program of vaccination, which is begun when infants are just three months old.

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