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pertussis

[ per-tuhs-is ]
/ pərˈtʌs ɪs /
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noun Pathology.
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Origin of pertussis

1790–1800; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin per-per- + tussis a cough

OTHER WORDS FROM pertussis

per·tus·sal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pertussis

pertussis
/ (pəˈtʌsɪs) /

noun
the technical name for whooping cough

Derived forms of pertussis

pertussal, adjective

Word Origin for pertussis

C18: New Latin, from Latin per- (intensive) + tussis cough
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Medical definitions for pertussis

pertussis
[ pər-tŭsĭs ]

n.
whooping cough
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Scientific definitions for pertussis

pertussis
[ pər-tŭsĭs ]

See whooping cough.
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