measles, rubeola, morbilli(noun)
an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
(Med.) A contagious viral 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. It is a common childhood disease.
Origin: [D. mazelen; akin to G. masern, pl., and E. mazer, and orig. meaning, little spots. See Mazer.]
leprosy; also, a leper
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
a disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm
a disease of trees
the larvae of any tapeworm (Taenia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also bladder worms
Origin: [From 1st Measle.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mē′zlz, n.sing. a contagious fever accompanied with eruptions of small red spots upon the skin: a disease of swine and cattle, caused by larval tapeworms: a disease of trees, the leaves being covered with spots.—adjs. Mea′sled, Mea′sly, infected with measles: good for nothing, miserable.—n. Meas′liness.—German measles, a name somewhat loosely used of a disease, resembling measles, but mostly less prolonged and severe. [Dut. maselen, measles, from Old Dut. masche, a spot, cog. with Old High Ger. māsā, a spot; Ger. masern, measles.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
The numerical value of measles in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of measles in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Love's like the measles; all the worse when it comes late in life.
I had measles. My mother had measles. We all had measles, the thing about it is the people who want to vaccinate should be able to vaccinate.
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.
All countries, with no exception, need to keep a very high coverage of regular measles vaccination so that similar outbreaks won't happen again... and measles can be eliminated once and for all.
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Translations for measles
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- xarampióCatalan, Valencian
- rokko, tuhkarokkoFinnish
- 紅疫, 홍역Korean
- RiedelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- meslingarNorwegian Nynorsk
- bệnh sởiVietnamese
- rodjetes, rovioûlesWalloon
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