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pertussis Syllabification: per·tus·sis
Pronunciation: /pərˈtəsəs/

Definition of pertussis in English:


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.


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

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