Definition of Measles

1. Noun. An acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children.

Exact synonyms: Morbilli, Rubeola
Generic synonyms: Contagion, Contagious Disease
Specialized synonyms: Epidemic Roseola, German Measles, Rubella, Three-day Measles

Definition of Measles

1. n. Leprosy; also, a leper.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Measles

1. Noun. ''Rubeola'', an acute highly contagious disease, (often of childhood) caused by a virus, featuring a spreading red skin rash, fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes ¹

2. Noun. Any of several other similar diseases, such as German measles. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) (plural of measle) ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) Leprosy. ¹

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Definition of Measles

1. measle [n] - See also: measle

Medical Definition of Measles

1. An acute infectious disease caused by the measles virus, a Morbillivirus in the paramyxovirus family. Early symptoms include a low-grade fever, dry cough, pinkeye and cold symptoms. Later symptoms include tiny, white spots lining the inside of the cheeks (Koplik spots) and a red rash which starts on the face and spreads. Synonym: rubeola. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Measles

measles (current term)
measles convalescent serum
measles immune globulin
measles immunization
measles immunoglobulin
measles vaccine
measles virus
measles virus vaccine
measly tapeworm

Literary usage of Measles

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"This, however, represents the low-water mark of measles mortality, as indicated by the mortality statistics compiled by a large insurance company two years ..."

2. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1922)
"The nature of the virus of measles has received little attention from the ... In the investigation of the virus of measles or of the exanthemata as a whole, ..."

3. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"measles in the Child Care Setting measles is caused by the measles virus. ... Most children with measles become quite ill, but recover with no ill effects. ..."

4. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"In the registration area of the United States, during the twelve years from 1900-1911, 50000 deaths from measles were recorded, and it is estimated that ..."

5. A History of Epidemics in Britain by Charles Creighton (1894)
"at Carlisle in 1780 (mortality not stated), had followed a most fatal epidemic of smallpox in 1779; and although the epidemic of mild measles in 1786 did ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"As the germ of measles seems to have a feeble vitality the quarantine need not be so protracted as in scarlet fever, four weeks usually being sufficient. ..."

7. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1874)
"The premonitory fever in German measles ia generally mild, and resembles in many subjects, though not in duration, that of common measles. ..."

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