- a highly contagious viral disease common in children, characterized by fever, profuse nasal discharge of mucus, conjunctivitis, and a rash of small red spots spreading from the forehead down to the limbs
See also German measles
- a disease of cattle, sheep, and pigs, caused by infestation with tapeworm larvae
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
used with a singular verb]
an acute infectious disease characterized by small red spots on the skin, fever, and coldlike symptoms.
- an acute infectious disease occurring mostly in children, characterized by catarrhal and febrile symptoms and an eruption of small red spots;
- any of certain other eruptive diseases. Cf.German measles.
Middle English mesels, variant of maseles (plural);
cognate with Dutch maselen (plural), Middle Dutch masel;
akin to German Masern measles, plural of Maser speck