whooping cough

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

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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Is the Border Protection Authority prepared for an outbreak of meningitis, measles, whooping cough, etc.? Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018 Last month, in declaring the opioid crisis a disaster emergency, Gov. Wolf made NAS a condition that must be reported to the Department of Health, like whooping cough or measles. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Babies addicted to opioids: A crisis crying for a count," 23 Feb. 2018 Among babies who developed whooping cough despite their mothers’ vaccination, 90 percent had mild cases and did not require hospitalization. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Study: Whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy protects newborns," 28 Sep. 2017 Morita on Monday said more federal money is needed to detect and respond to outbreaks of illnesses such as influenza, mumps, measles, whooping cough, meningitis and the Zika virus. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Emanuel budget hole now tops $259 million," 26 Sep. 2017 Before vaccines, millions of children died horrific deaths each year from infectious diseases like whooping cough, polio, and measles. National Geographic, "The Strange History of Vaccines—And Why People Fear Them," 26 Feb. 2017

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circa 1670, in the meaning defined above

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whooping cough

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English Language Learners Definition of whooping cough

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

whooping cough

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Kids Definition of whooping cough

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

whooping cough

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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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