N: 1. “whooping cough,” 1670s (Sydenham), from Modern Latin pertussis, from per- “thoroughly” + tussis “cough,” of unknown origin.
2. Anyone can get whooping cough, but it is more common in infants and children. It’s especially dangerous for infants. The coughing spells can be so bad that it is hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe because of the internal bruises that the coughing create.
3. About the synonym “whooping source”, this name comes from the noise that the ill person tries to breathe after coughing.
4. Whooping cough, also called pertussis, acute, highly communicable respiratory disease characterized in its typical form by paroxysms of coughing followed by a long-drawn inspiration, or “whoop.” The coughing ends with the expulsion of clear, sticky mucus and often with vomiting. Whooping cough is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
5. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention the movie Arrowsmith (1931) directed by John Ford. It was an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel.
S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=pertussis&searchmode=none (last access. 4 September 2014). 2 & 3. MEDLP – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001561.htm (last access: 11 July 2015). 4. EncBrit – http://global.britannica.com/science/whooping-cough (last access: 11 July 2015). 5. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/arrowsmith/ (last access: 11 July 2015).
SYN: whooping cough
S: EncBrit – http://global.britannica.com/science/whooping-cough (last access: 11 July 2015); GDT; NAVARRO p. 1079.