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Related to pertussis: Bordetella pertussis
pertussis:see whooping coughwhooping cough
highly communicable infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The early or catarrhal stage of whooping cough is manifested by the usual symptoms of an upper respiratory infection with bronchial involvement.
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An infectious inflammatory bacterial disease of the air passages, caused by Hemophilus pertussis and characterized by explosive coughing ending in a whooping inspiration. Also known as whooping cough.
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