Definition of whooping cough in English:

whooping cough

noun

mass noun
  • A contagious bacterial disease chiefly affecting children, characterized by convulsive coughs followed by a whoop.

    The organism responsible is Bordetella pertussis, a Gram-negative bacterium intermediate between a coccus and a bacillus

    Also called pertussis
    • ‘Child health experts today threw their support behind the new five-in-one jab to protect babies against serious diseases such as whooping cough and polio.’
    • ‘He had his first seizure within hours of receiving a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.’
    • ‘They decimated the population by introducing diseases such as whooping cough, measles, and smallpox.’
    • ‘In Sri Lanka, more children die of work-exposure to pesticides than die of a combination of malaria, whooping cough and other childhood diseases.’
    • ‘That was when whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria and smallpox were routine.’
    • ‘We focused on indicators of infections: parental information about otitis media, pneumonia, and whooping cough.’
    • ‘Indeed, no case of tetanus, diphtheria or whooping cough was reported over the two years under study.’
    • ‘The government significantly raised the standard of health, eliminating diseases such as typhus, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.’
    • ‘Such a delay would leave a child unnecessarily at risk of death and disability from whooping cough and Hib disease.’
    • ‘The principal recorded killers were smallpox, influenza, measles, typhoid, typhus, chickenpox, whooping cough, tuberculosis and syphilis.’
    • ‘The reason that babies are given these jabs when they are so young is because young babies are most seriously affected by diseases such as whooping cough.’
    • ‘Back to school in January with its small roll, due to mumps, measles, whooping cough and flu.’
    • ‘Other bacteria that thrived on vomit, as well as urine, included bordetella pertussis, which causes whooping cough, clostridium perfringens and escherichia coli.’
    • ‘The serum was also used in vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and whooping cough until as late as 1993.’
    • ‘There was no report on diphtheria, rabies, tetanus or whooping cough during the study period.’
    • ‘The tests, carried out between 1960 and 1973, involved vaccines for conditions such as rubella, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and polio.’
    • ‘Children in the homes were used as ‘guinea pigs’ and given experimental vaccinations for rubella, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and polio.’
    • ‘Set to come into use in September, the jab will protect babies against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio at two months.’
    • ‘The persistently high burden of diphtheria and whooping cough in the region reflects the poor ability of health systems to deliver vaccines.’
    • ‘Other conditions that can cause fevers are tonsillitis, kidney or urinary infections, or any of the common childhood diseases such as measles, mumps, chicken pox and whooping cough.’

Pronunciation

whooping cough

/ˈhuːpɪŋ ˌkɒf/