Measles

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.]
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1. (Med.) A contagious viral 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. It is a common childhood disease.
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Measles commences with the ordinary symptoms of fever.
Am. Cyc.
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2. (Veter. Med.) A disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm.
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3. A disease of trees. [Obs.]
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4. pl. (Zol.) The larv of any tapeworm (Tnia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also bladder worms.
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German measles A mild contagious viral disease, which may cause birth defects if contracted by a pregnant woman during early pregnancy; also called rubella.
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