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Etymology 1[edit]

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


measles (plural measles)

  1. Rubeola, an acute highly contagious disease, (often of childhood) caused by Measles 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.
Derived terms[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

See measle



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