measle

noun

mea·​sle ˈmē-zəl How to pronounce measle (audio)
: a cysticercus tapeworm larva
specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Why a treatment used for over a century on diseases like measles, mumps and influenza could work to treat the new coronavirus strain. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 8 June 2020 Vaccination rates have fallen, risking outbreaks of diseases like measles. The Economist, 23 May 2020 Disruption to immunization programs from the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 22 May 2020 Why a treatment used for over a century on diseases like measles, mumps and influenza could work to treat the new coronavirus strain. Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2020 In some cases, like measles, antibodies are very effective in conferring immunity. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 12 May 2020 In one such study, his team discovered that mumps, which like measles is caused by a paramyxovirus, had jumped to humans from bats. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 28 Apr. 2020 Why a treatment used for over a century on diseases like measles, mumps and influenza could work to treat the new coronavirus strain. Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2020 Take the threat of vaccine resistance: Vaccinating against preventable diseases like measles only works if 90% of a population get their shots. Laurie Penny, Wired, 14 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

singular of measles

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of measle was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Measle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/measle. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

measle

noun

mea·​sle ˈmē-zəl How to pronounce measle (audio)
: cysticercus
specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal
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