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A young boy coughing due to pertussis
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Modern Latin, from per- (thorough) + tussis (cough).



pertussis (countable and uncountable, plural pertusses)

  1. (pathology) Whooping cough.
    • 1976, Charles R. Manclark, The Current Status of Pertussis Vaccine: An Overview, D. Perlman (editor), Advances in Applied Microbiology, Volume 20, page 1,
      With the introduction of an improved and standardized pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, there followed a remarkable decline in pertussis in the United States, most of the Western world, and Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
    • 2009, Zoë E. V. Worthington, Nicholas H. Carbonetti, 18: Bordetella pertussis, Karl Wooldridge (editor), Bacterial Secreted Proteins: Secretory Mechanisms and Role in Pathogenesis, page 413,
      Bordetella pertussis is a Gram-negative bacterial pathogen that infects the human respiratory tract, causing the disease pertussis or whooping cough.
    • 2015, Dr. Stephen Berger, Pertussis: Global Status, GIDEON Informatics, Inc., E-book, page 343,
      During 1993 to 2004, the hospitalization rate [in the US] for pertussis among infants ages <= 2 months was 239 per 100,000 live births.

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pertussis f (plural pertussis)

  1. pertussis
    Synonyms: tos ferina, tosferina, coqueluche