Definitions for measlesˈmi zəlz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mea•slesˈmi zəlz(n.)

  1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) an acute infectious disease caused by a paramyxovirus, characterized by small red spots, fever, and coldlike symptoms, usu. occurring in childhood; rubeola. any of certain other eruptive diseases, esp. rubella.

    Category: Pathology

  2. a disease mostly of domestic swine caused by tapeworm larvae in the flesh. the larvae.

    Category: Veterinary Science

Origin of measles:

1275–1325; alter. of maseles (pl.), prob. < MD masel; akin to G Masern measles, pl. of Maser speck

Princeton's WordNet

  1. measles, rubeola, morbilli(noun)

    an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. measles(noun)ˈmi zəlz

    a disease causing a high fever and red spots on the body

Webster Dictionary

  1. Measles(noun)

    leprosy; also, a leper

  2. Measles(noun)

    a contagious febrile disorder commencing with catarrhal symptoms, and marked by the appearance on the third day of an eruption of distinct red circular spots, which coalesce in a crescentic form, are slightly raised above the surface, and after the fourth day of the eruption gradually decline; rubeola

  3. Measles(noun)

    a disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm

  4. Measles(noun)

    a disease of trees

  5. Measles(noun)

    the larvae of any tapeworm (Taenia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also bladder worms


  1. Measles

    Measles is an infection of the respiratory system caused by a virus, specifically a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. Morbilliviruses, like other paramyxoviruses, are enveloped, single-stranded, negative-sense RNA viruses. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a generalized, maculopapular, erythematous skin rash, the symptom for which measles is best known. Measles is spread through respiration, and is highly contagious—90% of people without immunity sharing living space with an infected person will catch it. An asymptomatic incubation period occurs nine to twelve days from initial exposure. The period of infectivity has not been definitively established, some saying it lasts from two to four days prior, until two to five days following the onset of the rash, whereas others say it lasts from two to four days prior until the complete disappearance of the rash.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Measles

    A highly contagious infectious disease caused by MORBILLIVIRUS, common among children but also seen in the nonimmune of any age, in which the virus enters the respiratory tract via droplet nuclei and multiplies in the epithelial cells, spreading throughout the MONONUCLEAR PHAGOCYTE SYSTEM.

Translations for measles

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

measles(noun singular)

an infectious disease accompanied by red spots on the skin

People usually get measles in childhood.

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