per·​tus·​sis pər-ˈtə-səs How to pronounce pertussis (audio)

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Recent Examples on the Web Signs and Symptoms Whooping cough symptoms vary based on your age and whether you have been vaccinated against pertussis. Kirstyn Hill, Pharmd, Mph, Health, 7 July 2024 Also known as pertussis, and more commonly known as whooping cough, this serious bacterial illness can affect babies as well as adults. Evan Forster, Parents, 17 June 2024 Bryant said pertussis can be deadly for young infants and urged residents to get vaccinated. Dmitry Martirosov, The Courier-Journal, 24 May 2024 Besides its trademark of a whooping cough, pertussis can cause nervousness, dry mouth and nausea, among other symptoms. Thomas D. Elias, Orange County Register, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pertussis 

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin per- thoroughly + tussis cough

First Known Use

circa 1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pertussis was circa 1772

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“Pertussis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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