Origin of German measles
First recorded in 1840–50
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- (functioning as singular) a nontechnical name for rubella
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- An infectious disease caused by the rubella virus of the genus Rubivirus, characterized by mild fever and skin rash. German measles can cause congenital defects if a woman is exposed during early pregnancy. Also called rubella
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