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, the advanced stage of which is characterised by spasms of coughing followed by a whooping sound during the intake of breath.

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