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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
References in classic literature ?
He hunted up Jim Hollis, who called his attention to the precious blessing of his late measles as a warning.
You were very bad with the measles; that is, you would have been very bad, but for Perry's great attention.
Larcher's when they had the measles, nor indeed would Mrs.
The oldest inhabitants recollected no period at which measles had been so prevalent, or so fatal to infant existence; and many were the mournful processions which little Oliver headed, in a hat-band reaching down to his knees, to the indescribable admiration and emotion of all the mothers in the town.
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.
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.
Cowslip, during the autumn, had either the measles, or some eruption that looked very much like it, but was hardly sick a day.
Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious.
What's to make me sure as the house won't be put o' board wage afore we're many months older, and then I may have to lie awake o' nights wi' twenty gallons o' milk on my mind--and Dingall 'ull take no more butter, let alone paying for it; and we must fat pigs till we're obliged to beg the butcher on our knees to buy 'em, and lose half of 'em wi' the measles. And there's the fetching and carrying, as 'ud be welly half a day's work for a man an' hoss--that's to be took out o' the profits, I reckon?
Once or twice he made a mistake in diagnosis: (he had never seen a case of measles before, and when he was confronted with the rash took it for an obscure disease of the skin;) and once or twice his ideas of treatment differed from Doctor South's.
To the birds this was a very poor reason, but the older ones felt grateful to him at this time because he had nursed a number of fledglings through the German measles, and they offered to show him how birds fly a kite.
"You know very well that I've never put my hair up in curl papers since the time Peter was dying of the measles," said Cecily reproachfully.