Measles Definition

Tapeworm larvae.
Webster's New World
An acute, infectious, communicable disease caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by small, red spots on the skin, high fever, nasal discharge, etc. and occurring most frequently in childhood; rubeola.
Webster's New World
Black measles.
American Heritage Medicine
Any of various similar but milder diseases; esp., rubella (German measles)
Webster's New World
A disease of cattle and hogs, caused by tapeworm larvae in the flesh.
Webster's New World

Origin of Measles

  • Plural of Middle English masel, probably from Middle Dutch masel (“blemish") and influenced by measle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English maseles, mesels pl. of masel measles-spot of Middle Low German origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See measle

    From Wiktionary


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