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whooping cough

[hoo-ping, hoo p-ing] /ˈhu pɪŋ, ˈhʊp ɪŋ/
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 of whooping cough
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for whooping-cough
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  • They jumped loosely round in circles with bent knees, making a whooping-cough noise followed by a splutter.

  • And all that I suffered for weeks and months when he had the whooping-cough!

  • These are measles and whooping-cough, scarlatina and diphtheria, infantile diarrhoea, and the more chronic after-effects of these.

  • The sufferer from whooping-cough is then to eat the roll until it is consumed.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • I've asked Miss Prissy to be sure and pray away those mumps and whooping-cough.

    Phyllis Maria Thompson Daviess
  • If it was whooping-cough, she whooped most heartily; if it was measles, she had them thick.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • For the rest of 'em, Father's in hospital, little Florrie's scalded herself and baby's got the whooping-cough.

  • He took his measles and whooping-cough with philosophical equanimity.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • These little loves are like mumps and whooping-cough and other youthful affections: they seem necessary, but seldom prove serious.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic William Taylor Marrs
  • His little sister has taken it into her head to have whooping-cough.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for whooping-cough

whooping cough

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 Technical name pertussis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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whooping-cough in Medicine

whooping cough whoop·ing cough (hōō'pĭng, hwōō'-, wōō'-, hup'ĭng)
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 in Science
whooping cough
  (h'pĭng, hp'ĭng, w'pĭng, wp'ĭng)   
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 in Culture
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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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