from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy. Also called German measles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mild disease caused by the Rubella virus infecting the respiratory tract, and characterised by a rash of pink dots, fever and swollen lymph nodes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An acute but mild viral infection characterized by a dusky red cutaneous eruption resembling that of measles, but attended by only mild respiratory problems or fever; -- called also German measles. The infective virus is called Rubella virus, or Rubivirus. If contracted by a woman during the first several months of pregnancy, rubella may cause serious abnormalities in the fetus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A usually insignificant contagious disease, with a rose-colored eruption, slight catarrhal symptoms in the mucous membranes of the head and larger air-passages of the chest, and usually slight pyrexia and cervical lymphadenitis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus during the first trimester
From Latin, neuter pl. of rubellus, red, from ruber.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)