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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
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We've got three cases of whooping cough, but all isolated, and no more coming.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • We've got whooping cough, and you can hear us whoop when you get off the train two miles away.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • In the time of whooping cough, the sunniest way of managing the child is the best.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • He lost one poor little one in the winter with the whooping cough.

  • Treat the whooping cough with the same care as you would any other cough.

  • Now Mrs. Crane won't have to have whooping cough and all the other things.

    The Adopting of Rosa Marie Carroll Watson Rankin
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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