|Also called: German measles a mild contagious viral disease, somewhat similar to measles, characterized by cough, sore throat, skin rash, and occasionally vomiting. It can cause congenital defects if caught during the first three months of pregnancy|
|[C19: from New Latin, from Latin rubellus reddish, from rubeus red]|
rubella ru·bel·la (rōō-běl'ə)
A mild contagious eruptive disease that is caused by the rubella virus and is capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy. Also called epidemic roseola, German measles, three-day measles.
See German measles.