whooping cough

noun whoop·ing cough \ ˈhü-piŋ- , ˈhu̇- \
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

Definition of whooping cough

: 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

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WHOOPING COUGH Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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Definition of whooping cough for Students

: 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

medical Definition of whooping cough

: 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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