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noun Pathology.
  1. whooping cough.
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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


  1. the technical name for whooping cough
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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


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

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pertussis in Medicine


  1. whooping cough
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pertussis in Science


  1. See whooping cough.
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