Whooping-cough Definition

ho͝opĭng, wo͝o-, hwo͝o-, ho͝opĭng
noun
An acute infectious disease, usually affecting children, caused by a bacillus (Bordetella pertussis) and characterized by a mucous discharge from the nose and later by repeated attacks of coughing that end in a forced intake of breath, or whoop.
Webster's New World
Alternative spelling of whooping cough.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
pertussis

Other Word Forms of Whooping-cough

Noun

Singular:
whooping-cough
Plural:
whooping coughs

Origin of Whooping-cough

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

    From Wiktionary

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