One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to coughing.
- ‘Both normal volunteers and patients with cough showed no evidence of airflow obstruction, but the patients with cough were on average 30-fold more sensitive to the tussive effects of capsaicin.’
- ‘Previous studies have shown evidence of airway inflammation in patients with chronic cough and have suggested that the cough may be due to release of tussive mediators and activation of afferent sensory nerve endings.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin tussis ‘a cough’ + -ive.
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