Origin of pertussis
1790–1800; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin per- per- + tussis a cough
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Examples from the Web for pertussis
An infant too young to have received his first round of shots gasps for air after having been infected with pertussis.Hey Anti-Vaxxers, Watch NOVA: Vaccines--Calling the Shots
September 11, 2014
If recognized and treated early enough, the effects of infection with pertussis can be somewhat mitigated.Anti-Vaxxers Will Fuel the Next Pandemic
May 7, 2014
It is the family of man—because where measles and mumps and pertussis are concerned, we are all connected.Colorado’s Anti-Anti-Vaxxer Bill Gets Watered Down
April 23, 2014
Pertussis, or “whooping cough,” is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
In the case of pertussis, the blame for increasing incidence of new infections may not be entirely the fault of vaccine-deniers.
As the air rushes past the glottis, which is still partially closed, a sound recalling the whoop of pertussis is heard.The Nervous Child
Hector Charles Cameron
A marked increase, accompanied by an increase in the total leukocyte count, is seen in pertussis and lymphatic leukemia.
A marked lymphocyte leukocytosis occurs in pertussis, and is of value in diagnosis.
A new combination of well-tried remedies of especial value in pertussis and other spasmodic coughs.
Paroxysms of coughing, with or without whooping, are pathognomonic of pertussis.
- the technical name for whooping cough
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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- See whooping cough.
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