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pertussis

Pronunciation: per-tus'is

Definition: An acute infectious inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi caused by Bordetella pertussis; characterized by recurrent bouts of spasmodic coughing that continues until the breath is exhausted, then ending in a noisy inspiratory stridor (the “whoop”) caused by laryngeal spasm.

Synonym(s): pertussis syndrome, whooping cough

[L. per, very (intensive), + tussis, cough]

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