mea·​sle | \ ˈmē-zəl How to pronounce measle (audio) \

Definition of measle

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

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Then there are infections that fall into the airborne transmission category, like measles, tuberculosis, and chickenpox. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 Now, health officials say that, in late August, a whole bunch of Southwest Airlines passengers may have been exposed to the notoriously contagious measles virus. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights Possibly Exposed to Measles," 11 Sep. 2018 Health workers also found that a newborn had been exposed to the virus in utero and had detectable measles virus in their urine and respiratory tract directly after birth. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaccine-refusing community drove outbreak that cost $395K, sickened babies," 30 July 2018 Jackson said the type of measles virus in that outbreak is from Pakistan. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Kansas City reaches important milestone in its two measles outbreaks | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 That’s especially scary considering the recent measles resurgence happening in some parts of the United States. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 Minnesota travelers, be alert — health officials have a message for you: be on the lookout for measles symptoms. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Minnesota health department reports 'third travel-related case of measles' in less than 6 weeks," 18 Sep. 2018 The Disneyland measles outbreak happened in January. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Data for Democracy policy head Renée DiResta answers disinformation questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 July 2018 Innovations such as penicillin and the measles vaccine have saved hundreds of millions of lives. Bill Gates, WSJ, "Bill Gates: The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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Medical Definition of measle

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

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