American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An acute, contagious viral disease, usually occurring in childhood and characterized by eruption of red spots on the skin, fever, and catarrhal symptoms. Also called rubeola.
- n. Black measles.
- n. Any of several other diseases, especially German measles, that cause similar but milder symptoms.
- n. A disease of cattle and swine caused by tapeworm larvae.
- n. A plant disease, usually caused by fungi, that produces minute spots on leaves and stems.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contagious disease of man, with an incubation period of about nine or ten days, and a period of invasion of about three or four days, in which there are pyrexia and rapid pulse, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the eyes and upper air-passages, and bronchitis, followed by an eruption of small rose-colored papulæ, which arrange themselves in curvilinear forms. The period of eruption usually lasts about four days. The eruption is succeeded by a bran-like desquamation. The poison is conveyed directly from the patient through the air and by fomites. It is given off in the period of invasion as well as in later periods. Also called
- n. An old name for several diseases of swine or sheep, caused by the scolex or measle of a tapeworm, and characterized by reddish watery pustules on the skin, cough, feverishness, and discharge at the nostrils.—3. A disease of plants; any blight of leaves appearing in spots, whether due to the attacks of insects or to the action of weather. See measle, 1.
- n. See measle. 2.
- n. In photography, a defect in silver-printing consisting in semi-opaque blotches caused by imperfect fixation by the insoluble silver hyposulphite visible when the prints are held to the light. In time these spots become yellow.
- n. Same as scarlet fever.
- n. Rubeola, an acute highly contagious disease, (often of childhood) caused by a virus of genus Morbillivirus, featuring a spreading red skin rash, fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes
- n. Any of several other similar diseases, such as German measles.
- n. obsolete Plural form of measle.
- n. obsolete Leprosy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Leprosy; also, a leper.
- n. (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.
- n. (Veter. Med.) A disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm.
- n. obsolete A disease of trees.
- n. (Zoöl.) The larvæ of any tapeworm (Tænia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also
- n. an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
- See measle (Wiktionary)
- Middle English maseles, mesels, pl. of masel, measles-spot, of Middle Low German origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After all, measles is estimated to have wiped out more than half the Native American population, and was documented in decimating the Hawaiian population.”
“The department said measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughs, sneezes and contact with nasal or oral secretions from people who were infected.”
“While we are on the verge of eliminating measles from the United States, increased travel can lead tospread from other countriesas evidenced by a measles outbreak associated with an international youth sporting eventthat occurred in three states in the U.S. during the fall of2007.”
“The next epidemic of German measles is expected in 1970 or 1971.”
“Fever is sometimes absent in German measles; usually it ranges about 100° F., rarely over 102° F.”
“In scarlet fever in from three to five days, rarely later than a week; in measles in from nine to fourteen days, occasionally as late as twenty days; in whooping-cough in from one to two weeks; in chicken-pox in from fourteen to sixteen days; in German measles in from ten to sixteen days.”
“Among other things we have developed to a high degree of efficiency are certain kinds of germs, and the germ of measles is especially virulent when it attacks the Eskimo.”
“The Charleston Courier says that the measles is sweeping through the army, and that over 3000 are ill.”
“For instance, there are over 150 cases of measles, which is huge and can rapidly lead to the death of thousands, in the over-crowded Dadaab camp.”
“In fact, in many countries in Europe, there aren't particularly high vaccination rates even for things like measles, which is quite deadly.”
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