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Meaning of RUBELLA

Pronunciation:  roo'belu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  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

RUBELLA is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: epidemic roseola, German measles, three-day measles
 See Also: measles, morbilli, rubeola



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ru*bel"la\, n. [NL., fr. L. rubellus reddish.] (Med.)
An acute specific disease with a dusky red cutaneous eruption
resembling that of measles, but unattended by catarrhal
symptoms; -- called also {German measles}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A highly contagious viral disease marked by a red, eruptive rash. Also called German measles.
Biology Dictionary
  1. 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.

    For more information, visit Childhood Infections: Measles.

  2. Rubella is a viral infection by the rubella virus. Rubella infection during pregnancy is associated with fetal malformations, bleeding, and other deleterious effects, so vaccination against this virus for women of childbearing age is suggested and the best time is the immediate postpartum period. The serum rubella antibody is measured and its result is interpreted as follows:

    ranges (in IU/mL):

       no immunity             < 10.0 equivocal               10.0 - 14.9 immunity                15.0 - 200.0 high immunity           > 200.0