Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

From Latin, neuter pl. of rubellus, red, from ruber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Measles, also called rubella, is a highly contagious - but rare - respiratory infection that's caused by a virus.

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  • And other infectious diseases, such as rubella, chickenpox, and Legionnaires 'disease are not uncommon.

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  • And other infectious diseases, such as rubella, chickenpox, and Legionnaires' disease are not uncommon.

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  • Bacterial or viral infections - Diseases such as rubella, chlamydia, anaerobic vaginosis, cytomegalovirus, etc., can result in miscarriage or congenital deformity if contracted during early pregnancy.

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  • These new regulations take new steps to protect the health of all Americans by ensuring legal immigrants can access - without fear - free immunizations, testing, and treatment for communicable diseases, such as rubella or tuberculosis.

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  • The authors note that other types of maternal infections during pregnancy such as rubella, varicella, cytomegalovirus and toxoplasmosis may cause central nervous system abnormalities and cognitive delay in offspring.

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  • "We vaccinate against other illnesses such as rubella, meningitis, chicken pox, polio, so why not cervical cancer, which can be terminal?"

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  • Infections during pregnancy, such as rubella (German measles), toxoplasmosis and cytomegalovirus may cause damage to the fetal brain that may result in cerebral palsy.

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  • The law required the test to screen for certain conditions, such as rubella or syphilis, and hopefully, reduce the spread of communicable disease and prevent birth defects.

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