Rubella meaning

ro͝o-bĕlə
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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.
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Origin of rubella

  • From Latin neuter pl. of rubellus red from ruber reudh- in Indo-European roots

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