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.