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whooping cough

Syllabification: whoop·ing cough

Definition of whooping cough in English:

noun

A contagious bacterial disease chiefly affecting children, characterized by convulsive coughs followed by a whoop. Also called pertussis.
Example sentences
  • The principal recorded killers were smallpox, influenza, measles, typhoid, typhus, chickenpox, whooping cough, tuberculosis and syphilis.
  • Set to come into use in September, the jab will protect babies against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio at two months.
  • The tests, carried out between 1960 and 1973, involved vaccines for conditions such as rubella, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

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