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

circa 1875

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German measles

Definition of German measles for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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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