hacking cough(redirected from hacking coughs)
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Related to hacking coughs: productive cough, wet cough
Etymology: AS, haeccan + cohettan
a short, weak repeating cough, often caused by irritation of the larynx by a postnasal drip. It can also result from side effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy and smoking.
A series of repeated efforts, as in many respiratory infections.
See also: cough