measles

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Plural of Middle English masel, probably from Middle Dutch masel (blemish) and influenced by measle.

Noun[edit]

measles

  1. Rubeola, an acute highly contagious disease, (often of childhood) caused by a virus of genus Morbillivirus, featuring a spreading red skin rash, fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes
  2. Any of several other similar diseases, such as German measles.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Used with either singular or plural verb.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See measle

Noun[edit]

measles

  1. (obsolete) plural form of measle
  2. (obsolete) Leprosy.