mea·​sle | \ˈmē-zəl \

Definition of measle 

: a cysticercus tapeworm larva specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

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In Venezuela there are at least three epidemics at work, measles, diphtheria and malaria. Luciana Magalhaes And Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is Crossing the Border," 31 Oct. 2018 Along with flu shots, others that tend to cause stinging and soreness later are tetanus, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), pneumonia, typhoid, and some antibiotics, like penicillin, Stewart explained. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Some Vaccines Hurt More Than Others?," 24 Oct. 2018 The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas nurse fired after allegedly posting about toddler's measles diagnosis on anti-vax page," 29 Aug. 2018 Oregon requires students receive vaccines that fight off diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon rates of non-immunized children continues to rise," 29 May 2018 Two doses are about 97 percent effective against measles, according to the DOH. Maria Clark,, "Second measles cases confirmed in New Orleans, health officials say," 11 May 2018 Many are living on the streets of the state’s cities and towns, and the influx has been linked to a measles outbreak in Brazil, with 300 cases in Roraima. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Brazil state flooded with Venezuelans sees spike in killings," 28 Aug. 2018 But what came out of that was actually the measles outbreak. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Data for Democracy policy head Renée DiResta answers disinformation questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 July 2018 Europeans could have brought over diseases such as rabies and canine distemper (similar to measles, but in dogs) that were probably not present in the Americas before, Perri said. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Fox News, "Native dogs of the Americas were wiped out by European colonization," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of measle

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for measle

singular of measles

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mea·​sle | \ˈmē-zəl \

Medical Definition of measle 

: cysticercus specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

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