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[C17: from New Latin, from Latin rubeus reddish, from ruber red]
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.
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]
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|Noun||1.||rubeola - an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children|