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Definition of Measles


  1. Leprosy; also, a leper.
  2. 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.
  3. A disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm.
  4. A disease of trees.
  5. The larvae of any tapeworm (Taenia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also bladder worms.

Measles Quotations

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Albert Einstein

Love's like the measles - all the worse when it comes late in life.
Douglas William Jerrold

Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it.
Jerome K. Jerome

Infectious diseases introduced with Europeans, like smallpox and measles, spread from one Indian tribe to another, far in advance of Europeans themselves, and killed an estimated 95% of the New World's Indian population.
Jared Diamond

Of those who die from avoidable, poverty-related causes, nearly 10 million, according to UNICEF, are children under five. They die from diseases such as measles, diarrhoea, and malaria that are easy and inexpensive to treat or prevent.
Peter Singer
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Measles Translations

measles in Dutch is mazelen
measles in French is rougeole
measles in German is Masern
measles in Italian is morbillo
measles in Portuguese is sarampo
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