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German measles

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

: a disease that is less severe than typical measles but that can harm an unborn child if the mother gets the disease when she is pregnant

Full Definition of GERMAN MEASLES

:  an acute contagious virus disease that is caused by a togavirus (species Rubella virus of the genus Rubivirus) and is milder than typical measles but is damaging to the fetus when occurring early in pregnancy —called also rubella
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First Known Use of GERMAN MEASLES

circa 1875
Medical Dictionary

German measles

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

Medical Definition of GERMAN MEASLES

:  an acute contagious disease that is milder than typical measles but is damaging to the fetus when occurring early in pregnancy and that is caused by a togavirus (species Rubella virus of the genus Rubivirus)—called also rubella

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