Definition of pertussis in English:

pertussis

noun

  • medical term for whooping cough
    • ‘For nearly 50 years Australian babies have been routinely vaccinated against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.’
    • ‘Possible reactions to immunisation against diphtheria and tetanus and pertussis include fever, vomiting, and listlessness.’
    • ‘Many children succumb to diarrhea, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles and malnutrition.’
    • ‘The vaccine is a combination of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus toxins, and 95% of children are covered.’
    • ‘It provides immunity to polio, as well as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Hib.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pertussis

/pərˈtəsəs//pərˈtəsəs/