Meaning of whooping cough in English:

whooping cough


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

    • ‘The principal recorded killers were smallpox, influenza, measles, typhoid, typhus, chickenpox, whooping cough, tuberculosis and syphilis.’
    • ‘Set to come into use in September, the jab will protect babies against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio at two months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, no case of tetanus, diphtheria or whooping cough was reported over the two years under study.’
    • ‘Such a delay would leave a child unnecessarily at risk of death and disability from whooping cough and Hib disease.’
    • ‘That was when whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria and smallpox were routine.’
    • ‘There was no report on diphtheria, rabies, tetanus or whooping cough during the study period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Sri Lanka, more children die of work-exposure to pesticides than die of a combination of malaria, whooping cough and other childhood diseases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We focused on indicators of infections: parental information about otitis media, pneumonia, and whooping cough.’
    • ‘The serum was also used in vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and whooping cough until as late as 1993.’
    • ‘The persistently high burden of diphtheria and whooping cough in the region reflects the poor ability of health systems to deliver vaccines.’
    • ‘Back to school in January with its small roll, due to mumps, measles, whooping cough and flu.’
    • ‘He had his first seizure within hours of receiving a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.’
    • ‘Other bacteria that thrived on vomit, as well as urine, included bordetella pertussis, which causes whooping cough, clostridium perfringens and escherichia coli.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They decimated the population by introducing diseases such as whooping cough, measles, and smallpox.’
    • ‘The government significantly raised the standard of health, eliminating diseases such as typhus, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.’


whooping cough

/ˈhuːpɪŋ ˌkɒf/