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noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology.
  1. measles(def 1).
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Origin of morbilli

1685–95; < Medieval Latin, plural of morbillus pustule, equivalent to Latin morb(us) sickness + -illus diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for morbilli


  1. a technical name for measles
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin morbillus pustule, diminutive of Latin morbus illness
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morbilli in Medicine


  1. Measles; rubeola.
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