- (used with a singular or plural verb) Pathology.
- an acute infectious disease occurring mostly in children, characterized by catarrhal and febrile symptoms and an eruption of small red spots; rubeola.
- any of certain other eruptive diseases.Compare German measles.
- Veterinary Pathology. a disease in swine and other animals caused by the larvae of certain tapeworms of the genus Taenia.
- (used with a plural verb) the larvae that cause measles in swine and other animals, and that upon maturation produce trichinosis in humans.
Origin of measles
Examples from the Web for measles
A powdered form of the measles vaccine could make delivery safer and easier around the world.
So the new inhaled powder measles vaccine may in a few years turn out to be an easier way to protect kids from measles.
From 1962-1965, there was a worldwide epidemic of rubella, the so-called “German measles.”Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Sean B. Carroll
November 30, 2014
Meanwhile, the last outbreak of measles in Mississippi was reported in 1992, according to the state department of health.
This year was a record one for measles in the U.S., with 18 outbreaks, and almost 600 cases reported in 22 states in 2014.
I've got him in another barn; that stuff's as catchin' as measles.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It cheered him in the measles, it comforted him in the mumps.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
But there are some things you get without buyin'—the measles, for instance.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Samuel is as susceptible to pretty girls as children are to the measles.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
When I was about twenty, I guess, and laid up with the measles.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- a highly contagious viral disease common in children, characterized by fever, profuse nasal discharge of mucus, conjunctivitis, and a rash of small red spots spreading from the forehead down to the limbsTechnical names: morbilli, rubeola See also German measles
- a disease of cattle, sheep, and pigs, caused by infestation with tapeworm larvae
Word Origin and History for measles
infectious disease, early 14c., plural of Middle English masel, perhaps from Middle Dutch masel "blemish" (in plural "measles") or Middle Low German masele, from Proto-Germanic *mas- "spot, blemish" (cf. Old High German masla "blood-blister," German Masern "measles").
There might have been an Old English cognate, but if so it has not been recorded. Form probably influenced by Middle English mesel "leprous" (late 13c.).
- An acute contagious viral disease usually occurring in childhood and characterized by eruption of red spots on the skin, fever, and catarrhal symptoms.rubeola
- Black measles.
- Any of several other diseases, especially German measles, that cause similar but milder symptoms.
- A disease of cattle and swine caused by tapeworm larvae.
- An infectious disease caused by the rubeola virus of the genus Morbillivirus, characterized by fever, cough, and a rash that begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. Vaccinations, usually given in early childhood, confer immunity to measles. Also called rubeola