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pertussis

Line breaks: per|tus¦sis
Pronunciation: /pəˈtʌsɪs
 
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Definition of pertussis in English:

noun

Medical term for whooping cough.
Example sentences
  • It provides immunity to polio, as well as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Hib.
  • Many children succumb to diarrhea, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles and malnutrition.
  • Possible reactions to immunisation against diphtheria and tetanus and pertussis include fever, vomiting, and listlessness.

Origin

late 18th century: modern Latin, from per- 'away, extremely' + Latin tussis 'a cough'.

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