What does rubella mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. German measles, rubella, three-day measles, epidemic roseola(noun)

    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


  1. rubella(n.)

    An acute but mild viral infection characterized by a dusky red cutaneous eruption resembling that of measles, but attended by only mild respiratory problems or fever; -- called also German measles. The infective virus is called Rubella virus, or Rubivirus. If contracted by a woman during the first several months of pregnancy, rubella may cause serious abnormalities in the fetus.

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. L. rubellus reddish.]


  1. rubella(Noun)

    A mild disease caused by the Rubella virus infecting the respiratory tract, and characterised by a rash of pink dots, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rubella(noun)

    an acute specific disease with a dusky red cutaneous eruption resembling that of measles, but unattended by catarrhal symptoms; -- called also German measles

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. L. rubellus reddish.]


  1. Rubella

    Rubella, also known as German measles or three-day measles, is a disease caused by the rubella virus. The name "rubella" is derived from Latin, meaning little red. Rubella is also known as German measles because the disease was first described by German physicians in the mid-eighteenth century. This disease is often mild and attacks often pass unnoticed. The disease can last one to three days. Children recover more quickly than adults. Infection of the mother by Rubella virus during pregnancy can be serious; if the mother is infected within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, the child may be born with congenital rubella syndrome, which entails a range of serious incurable illnesses. Spontaneous abortion occurs in up to 20% of cases. Rubella is a common childhood infection that can sometimes be fatal usually with minimal systemic upset although transient arthropathy may occur in adults. Serious complications such as deterioration of the skin are very rare. Apart from the effects of transplacental infection on the developing fetus, rubella is a relatively trivial infection. Acquired rubella is transmitted via airborne droplet emission from the upper respiratory tract of active cases. The virus may also be present in the urine, feces and on the skin. There is no carrier state: the reservoir exists entirely in active human cases. The disease has an incubation period of 2 to 3 weeks. In most people the virus is rapidly eliminated. However, it may persist for some months post partum in infants surviving the CRS. These children are a significant source of infection to other infants and, more importantly, to pregnant female contacts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rubella

    rōō-bel′a, n. a contagious disease, with rose-coloured eruption.—Also Rubē′ola, and German measles.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rubella

    An acute, usually benign, infectious disease caused by the RUBELLA VIRUS and most often affecting children and nonimmune young adults, in which the virus enters the respiratory tract via droplet nuclei and spreads to the lymphatic system. (From Dorland, 27th edition)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rubella in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rubella in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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