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[roh-zee-uh-luh, roh-zee-oh-luh]
noun Pathology.
  1. a kind of rose-colored rash.
  2. rubella.
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Origin of roseola

1810–20; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin rose(us) rose-colored + -ola -ole1
Related formsro·se·o·lar, adjective
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noun pathol
  1. a feverish condition of young children that lasts for some five days during the last two of which the patient has a rose-coloured rash. It is caused by the human herpes virus
  2. any red skin eruption or rash
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Derived Formsroseolar, adjective

Word Origin for roseola

C19: from New Latin, diminutive of Latin roseus rosy
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roseola in Medicine


(rō-zēə-lə, rō′zē-ōlə)
  1. A rose-colored skin rash, sometimes occurring with diseases such as measles, syphilis, or scarlet fever.
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