rubella

[roo-bel-uh]
noun Pathology.
a usually mild contagious viral disease characterized by fever, mild upper respiratory congestion, and a fine red rash lasting a few days: if contracted by a woman during early pregnancy, it may cause serious damage to the fetus.
Also called German measles.


Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin, noun use of neuter plural of Latin rubellus reddish, derivative of ruber red1; for formation see castellum

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rubella (ruːˈbɛlə)
 
n
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]

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rubella
"German measles," 1883, from Mod.L., lit. "rash," from L., neut. pl. of rubellus "reddish," dim. of ruber "red" (see red).
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rubella ru·bel·la (rōō-běl'ə)
n.
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.

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rubella   (r-běl'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
See German measles.
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rubella [(rooh-bel-uh)]

See German measles.

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Rubella is an infectious viral disease resulting in mild illness with rash.
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