Origin of morbilli
1685–95; < Medieval Latin, plural of morbillus pustule, equivalent to Latin morb(us) sickness + -illus diminutive suffix
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Morbilli is a mild disease, but requires protection from cold, which confines and coagulates the peccant matter.Gilbertus Anglicus
Henry Ebenezer Handerson
But the passage quoted is of interest as using the old word mesles to mean one of the two forms of morbilli or punctilli.
It is of two kinds:—varioli, ye measils; morbilli, called of us ye smal pocks.
By morbilli are understood those which the common people style fersae, so-called perhaps from fervor.
It can hardly be doubted that we owe the English name of measles as the equivalent of morbilli to John of Gaddesden.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- a technical name for measles
C17: from Medieval Latin morbillus pustule, diminutive of Latin morbus illness
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- Measles; rubeola.
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