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mea·sles

 (mē′zəlz)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1.
a. An acute, contagious viral disease, usually occurring in childhood and characterized by eruption of red spots on the skin, fever, and catarrhal symptoms. Also called rubeola.
b. Black measles.
c. Any of several other diseases, especially German measles, that cause similar but milder symptoms.
2. A condition of pork or beef caused by the presence of tapeworm larvae.
3. A plant disease, usually caused by fungi, that produces small spots on leaves, stems, or fruit.

[Middle English maseles, mesels, pl. of masel, measles-spot, of Middle Low German origin.]

measles

(ˈmiːzəlz)
n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Pathology) a highly contagious viral disease common in children, characterized by fever, profuse nasal discharge of mucus, conjunctivitis, and a rash of small red spots spreading from the forehead down to the limbs. Technical names: morbilli or rubeola See also German measles
2. (Veterinary Science) a disease of cattle, sheep, and pigs, caused by infestation with tapeworm larvae
[C14: from Middle Low German masele spot on the skin; influenced by Middle English mesel leper, from Latin misellus, diminutive of miser wretched]

mea•sles

(ˈmi zəlz)

n.
1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a. an acute infectious disease caused by a paramyxovirus, characterized by small red spots, fever, and coldlike symptoms, usu. occurring in childhood; rubeola.
b. any of certain other eruptive diseases, esp. rubella.
2.
a. a disease mostly of domestic swine caused by tapeworm larvae in the flesh.
b. the larvae.
[1275–1325; alter. of maseles (pl.), probably < Middle Dutch masel; akin to German Masern measles, pl. of Maser speck]

mea·sles

(mē′zəlz)
A highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus and usually occurs in childhood. Symptoms include fever, coughing, and a rash that begins on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.measles - an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rashmeasles - an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
contagion, contagious disease - any disease easily transmitted by contact
epidemic roseola, German measles, rubella, three-day measles - a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus during the first trimester
Translations
حُصْبَةٌحَصْبَه، حُمَيْراء
spalničky
mæslinger
tuhkarokko
ospice
kanyaró
mislingar
はしか
홍역
raudonukėtymai
masalas
ošpice
mässlingen
โรคหัด
bệnh sởi

measles

[ˈmiːzlz] NSINGsarampión m

measles

[ˈmiːzəlz] nrougeole f

measles

n singMasern pl

measles

[ˈmiːzlz] nmorbillo

measles

(ˈmiːzlz) noun singular
an infectious disease accompanied by red spots on the skin. People usually get measles in childhood.
German ˈmeasles noun
a mild infectious disease with symptoms of tiny red spots on the body, fever and cough.

measles

حُصْبَةٌ spalničky mæslinger Masern ιλαρά sarampión tuhkarokko rougeole ospice morbillo はしか 홍역 mazelen meslinger odra sarampo корь mässlingen โรคหัด kızamık bệnh sởi 麻疹

mea·sles

n. sarampión;
pop.Mex. tapetillo de los niños, enfermedad sumamente contagiosa esp. en niños de edad escolar causada por el virus de la rubéola.

measles

n sarampión m; German o three-day — rubéola or rubeola (form), sarampión alemán
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I do think it was the most fortunate thing in the world that those children should have the measles just now," said Meg, one April day, as she stood packing the `go abroady' trunk in her room, surrounded by her sisters.
He had had all the diseases that babies are heir to, in quick succession, scarlet fever, mumps, and whooping cough in the first year, and now he was down with the measles.
Percy Northumberland Driscoll, brother to the judge, and younger than he by five years, was a married man, and had had children around his hearthstone; but they were attacked in detail by measles, croup, and scarlet fever, and this had given the doctor a chance with his effective antediluvian methods; so the cradles were empty.
He hunted up Jim Hollis, who called his attention to the precious blessing of his late measles as a warning.
He said, from the first, it was a very good sortwhich was our great comfort; but the measles are a dreadful complaint.
I sympathised a while; but when the children fell ill of the measles, and I had to tend them, and take on me the cares of a woman at once, I changed my idea.
She was a woman in the prime of life; of a severe countenance; and subject (particularly in the arms) to a sort of perpetual measles or fiery rash.
Pretending to read a smeary newspaper long out of date, which had nothing half so legible in its local news, as the foreign matter of coffee, pickles, fish-sauces, gravy, melted butter, and wine, with which it was sprinkled all over, as if it had taken the measles in a highly irregular form, I sat at my table while he stood before the fire.
Everywhere he must sit a little and talk about the child, and words of interest were always ready for him: "Ah, Master Marner, you'll be lucky if she takes the measles soon and easy
I knew a seaman once who brought his baby to me with measles.
Just the same as though you prayed that a physician might only be called upon to prescribe for headaches, measles, and the stings of wasps, or any other slight affection of the epidermis.
Cowslip, during the autumn, had either the measles, or some eruption that looked very much like it, but was hardly sick a day.