whooping cough

[ hoo-ping, hoop-ing ]

nounPathology.
  1. 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.

Origin of whooping cough

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First recorded in 1730–40

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British Dictionary definitions for whooping cough

whooping cough

/ (ˈhuːpɪŋ) /


noun
  1. 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

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Scientific definitions for whooping cough

whooping cough

[ hōōpĭng, hupĭng, wōōpĭng, wupĭng ]


  1. 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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Cultural definitions for whooping cough

whooping cough

[ (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.

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