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.
Origin of rubella
1880–85; < New Latin, noun use of neuter plural of Latinrubellus reddish, derivative of ruberred1; for formation see castellum
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
A mild contagious eruptive disease that is caused by the rubella virus and is capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy.epidemic roseolaGerman measlesthree-day measles