from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See whooping cough.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. whooping cough

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The whooping cough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Whooping-cough.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane


New Latin : Latin per-, thorough; see per- + Latin tussis, cough.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Modern Latin, from per- + tussis ‘cough’. (Wiktionary)



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  • perkussis

    March 29, 2007

  • I think it fits the definition; The word has the qualities of a cough. No different than the word buzz.

    More to the point, it's what you would say if you coughed in the middle of saying "per-ussis".

    March 1, 2007

  • humm.. but is it really? does it really sound like a cough? hmm

    February 24, 2007

  • It's a great word because of the plosive "t".

    I like onomatopoeia.

    February 13, 2007