- 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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Historical Examples of whooping cough
The sufferer from whooping-cough is then to eat the roll until it is consumed.Welsh Folk-Lore
If it was whooping-cough, she whooped most heartily; if it was measles, she had them thick.The Promised Land
And all that I suffered for weeks and months when he had the whooping-cough!
He took his measles and whooping-cough with philosophical equanimity.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
His little sister has taken it into her head to have whooping-cough.New Treasure Seekers
E. (Edith) Nesbit
- an acute infectious disease characterized by coughing spasms that end with a shrill crowing sound on inspiration: caused by infection with the bacillus Bordetella pertussisTechnical name: pertussis
whooping cough(hōō′pĭng, 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.pertussis
- 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