pertussis

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


Nearby words

  1. perturbate,
  2. perturbation,
  3. perturbation theory,
  4. perturbative,
  5. perturbed,
  6. pertussis immune globulin,
  7. pertussis vaccine,
  8. peru,
  9. peru balsam,
  10. peru current

Origin of pertussis

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

Related formsper·tus·sal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pertussis

pertussis

/ (pəˈtʌsɪs) /

noun

the technical name for whooping cough
Derived Formspertussal, adjective

Word Origin for pertussis

C18: New Latin, from Latin per- (intensive) + tussis cough

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Word Origin and History for pertussis

pertussis

n.

"whooping cough," 1670s (Sydenham), from Modern Latin pertussis, from per- "thoroughly" + tussis "cough," of unknown origin.

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Medicine definitions for pertussis

pertussis

[ pər-tŭsĭs ]

n.

whooping cough

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Science definitions for pertussis

pertussis

[ pər-tŭsĭs ]

See whooping cough.
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