whooping cough

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noun whoop·ing cough \ˈhü-piŋ-, ˈhu̇-\

Definition of whooping cough

  1. :  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

First Known Use of whooping cough

circa 1670


WHOOPING COUGH Defined for English Language Learners

whooping cough

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Definition of whooping cough for English Language Learners

  • medical : a disease that usually affects children and that causes severe coughing and difficult breathing


WHOOPING COUGH Defined for Kids

whooping cough

noun whoop·ing cough

Definition of whooping cough for Students

  1. :  a bacterial disease especially of children in which severe attacks of coughing are often followed by a high-pitched gasping intake of breath


Medical Dictionary

whooping cough

noun whoop·ing cough

Medical Definition of whooping cough

  1. :  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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