- 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 © 2015
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.
- Veterinary Diseases[Vet. Pathol.]a disease in swine and other animals caused by the larvae of certain tapeworms of the genus Taenia.
- Invertebrates(used with a pl. v.) the larvae that cause measles in swine and other animals, and that upon maturation produce trichinosis in humans.
Middle English mesels, variant of maseles (plural);
cognate with Dutch maselen (plural), Middle Dutch masel;
akin to German Masern measles, plural of Maser speck