rubella

[ roo-bel-uh ]
/ ruˈbɛl ə /

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.

Origin of rubella

1880–85; < New Latin, noun use of neuter plural of Latin rubellus reddish, derivative of ruber red1; for formation see castellum
Also called German measles.
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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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Medicine definitions for rubella

rubella

[ rōō-bĕlə ]

n.

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 roseola German measles three-day measles
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Science definitions for rubella

rubella

[ rōō-bĕlə ]

See German measles.
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Culture definitions for rubella

rubella

[ (rooh-bel-uh) ]

See German measles.

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