whooping cough

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whoop (sound) + -ing + cough; from the characteristic sounding cough that is a major symptom

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whooping cough (plural whooping coughs)

  1. (pathology) A contagious disease of the respiratory system that usually affects children; caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. In the advanced stage it is characterised by spasms of coughing followed by a whooping sound during the intake of breath.

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