whooping cough

noun

whoop·​ing cough ˈhü-piŋ- How to pronounce whooping cough (audio)
ˈhu̇-
: an infectious respiratory disease especially of children caused by a bacterium (Bordetella pertussis) and marked by a convulsive spasmodic cough sometimes followed by a crowing intake of breath

called also pertussis

Examples of whooping cough in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phase one - For a week or two, whooping cough presents as a cold. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2024 After California’s 2010 outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) — 9,120 cases, the most since 1947, the majority among unvaccinated children — the Legislature eliminated almost all non-medical exemptions for childhood immunization. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 School officials focused on students in pre-K3, kindergarten, seventh and 11th grades, points at which students are supposed to have certain vaccines — including chickenpox and tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 In Suffolk County, located on New York's Long Island, cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been increasing. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 3 Jan. 2024 For more information about whooping cough and ongoing vaccination clinics, call the county’s Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966 or visit sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch.html. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 The city was also preparing to impose a long-standing — but rarely enforced — law that requires students to get routine shots against illnesses such as measles, polio and whooping cough. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 All students entering seventh grade are required to have proof of a whooping cough booster immunization. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 In 16 states, rates for kids entering kindergarten were at least 95% for measles shots and for the combination diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough shot. Lindsey Tanner, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whooping cough was in 1665

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“Whooping cough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooping%20cough. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

whooping cough

noun
: a disease especially of children that is caused by a bacterium and is marked by severe attacks of coughing often followed by a high-pitched gasping intake of breath

called also pertussis

Medical Definition

whooping cough

noun
: an infectious disease especially of children caused by a bacterium of the genus Bordetella (B. pertussis) and marked by a convulsive spasmodic cough sometimes followed by a crowing intake of breath

called also pertussis

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