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pertussis

pertussis (per-tus´is)

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.pertussis syndrome, whooping cough; [L. per, very (intensive), + tussis, cough]

 

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