measles

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmiːzəlz/
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Etymology 1Edit

Plural of Middle English mesel, masel, probably from Middle Dutch masel (blemish) due to confusion with measle. Cognate with Middle Low German masele, māsel.

NounEdit

measles pl (plural only)

  1. Rubeola, an acute highly contagious disease, often of childhood, caused by Measles virus, of genus Morbillivirus, featuring a spreading red skin rash, fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes
  2. Any of several other similar diseases, such as German measles.
  3. A disease of pigs and cattle, caused by larval tapeworms.
  4. A disease of trees, in which the leaves are covered in spots.
Usage notesEdit
  • Plural in form, but usually used with a singular verb.
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Etymology 2Edit

See measle

NounEdit

measles

  1. (obsolete) plural of measle
  2. (obsolete) Leprosy.

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