a mild, infectious, communicable viral disease, characterized by swollen glands, esp. of the back of the head and neck, and small red spots on the skin; German measles
Origin of rubellaModL, neuter plural of Classical Latin rubellus, reddish ; from ruber, red
A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy. Also called German measles.
Origin of rubellaFrom Latin, neuter pl. of rubellus, red, from ruber; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
- (pathology) A mild disease caused by the Rubella virus infecting the respiratory tract, and characterised by a rash of pink dots, fever and swollen lymph nodes.