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rubella

[ roo-bel-uh ]
/ ruˈbɛl ə /
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noun Pathology.
a usually mild contagious viral disease characterized by fever, mild upper respiratory congestion, and a fine red rash lasting a few days: if contracted by a woman during early pregnancy, it may cause serious damage to the fetus.

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Also called German measles.

Origin of rubella

1880–85; <New Latin, noun use of neuter plural of Latin rubellus reddish, derivative of ruberred1; for formation see castellum
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British Dictionary definitions for rubella

rubella
/ (ruːˈbɛlə) /

noun
a mild contagious viral disease, somewhat similar to measles, characterized by cough, sore throat, skin rash, and occasionally vomiting. It can cause congenital defects if caught during the first three months of pregnancyAlso called: German measles

Word Origin for rubella

C19: from New Latin, from Latin rubellus reddish, from rubeus red
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Scientific definitions for rubella

rubella
[ rōō-bĕlə ]

See German measles.
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Cultural definitions for rubella

rubella
[ (rooh-bel-uh) ]

See German measles.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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