whooping cough

<paediatrics> A bacterial infection that has become quite rare due to effective and widespread vaccination programs (DPT vaccine). Only about 4, 500 cases are reported annually in the U.S. Can present as a mild or severe illness. ... Symptoms include runny nose, low-grade fever, conjunctivitis and a characteristic cough. Coughing spells end i...
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whooping cough

pertussis noun a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
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whooping cough

A serious bacterial infection of the lungs and breathing tubes that spreads easily. Whooping cough begins like a cold, but develops into severe coughing and gasping for air. Long spells of coughing may cause vomiting, and broken blood vessels in the eyes and on the skin. Also called pertussis.
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whooping cough

Acute infectious disease, seen mainly in children, caused by colonization of the air passages by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. There may be catarrh, mild fever, and loss of appetite, but the main symptom is violent coughing, associated with the sharp intake of breath that is the characteristic `whoop`, and often f...
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whooping cough

acute, highly communicable respiratory disease characterized in its typical form by paroxysms of coughing followed by a long-drawn inspiration, or ... [2 related articles]
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whooping cough

Also called pertussis, a bacterial disease of children causing upper respiratory symptoms with a characteristic whoop or inspiratory noise due to inflammation of the larynx. It is usually a relatively mild illness, except in the very young, but vaccination is widely practiced to prevent it.
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whooping cough

Pertussis is a serious, bacterial infection which causes violent coughing. Babies can be protected from the illness through the routine DTP vaccine in the UK.
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whooping cough

pertussis.
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Whooping cough

see chin cough
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Whooping cough

see Pertussis
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whooping cough

Type: Term Synonyms: pertussis
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whooping cough

whooping cough or pertussis,highly communicable infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The early or catarrhal stage of whooping cough is manifested by the usual symptoms of an upper respiratory infection with bronchial involvement. After about two weeks the cough becomes pa...
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Whooping cough

Whooping cough: Also known as pertussis, this is a feared infectious disease that can strike the respiratory system and affect other organs of the body. It has three stages-an initial stage with watery runny nose and eyes, a progressive cough stage with characteristic (sometimes severe) coughing spells, and (if the child survives) a recovery stage....
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whooping cough

[n] - a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
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