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Meaning of MEASLES

Pronunciation:  'meezulz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children

MEASLES is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: morbilli, rubeola
 See Also: contagion, contagious disease, epidemic roseola, German measles, rubella, three-day measles



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mea"sles\, n. [From lst {Measle}.]
    Leprosy; also, a leper. [Obs.]
  2. \Mea"sles\, n.; pl. in form, but used as singular in
    senses 1, 2, & 3. [D. mazelen; akin to G. masern, pl., and E.
    mazer, and orig. meaning, little spots. See {Mazer}.]
    1. (Med.) 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.
             Measles commences with the ordinary symptoms of
             fever.                                --Am. Cyc.
    2. (Veter. Med.) A disease of cattle and swine in which the
       flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of
       the tapeworm.
    3. A disease of trees. [Obs.]
    4. pl. (Zo["o]l.) The larv[ae] of any tapeworm ({T[ae]nia})
       in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called
       also {bladder worms}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have measles means much worry and anxiety in your life that will interfere with your job or schooling. Seeing others with measles in your dream indicates that the troubling situation and condition of others will give you much worry.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract caused by a virus and most commonly found in children. Symptoms begin with a high fever, hacking cough, runny nose, red and light-sensitive eyes, and irritability, and are then followed by a red to brown, blotchy rash which spreads from the head down. Coughing often continues throughout the rash period. The rash disappears in the same order as it appeared -- from the head down.

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