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

First Known Use of German measles

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of German measles was in 1856

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“German measles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/German%20measles. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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German measles

noun

English Language Learners Definition of German measles

: 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

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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