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Meaning of PERTUSSIS

Pronunciation:  pur'tusis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane

PERTUSSIS is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: whooping cough
 See Also: infectious disease, respiratory disease, respiratory disorder



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*tus"sis\, n. [NL., fr. L. per through, very +
tussis cough.] (Med.)
The whooping cough.

Biology Dictionary
  1. An infectious disease characterized by catarrh of the respiratory tract and peculiar paroxysms of coughing, ending in a prolonged crowing or whooping respiration. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
  2. Pertussis is a highly communicable disease caused by an infection of the upper respiratory tract by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. The principal clinical picture is severe coughing and fever. Active immunization against Pertussis is being promoted by many public health authorities.