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

Examples of measle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Settlers carried viral diseases like smallpox and measles that decimated Indigenous populations. Amanda Bellows, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2024 The deaths of these children occurred because of a range of reasons: measles, malaria, hepatitis B, yellow fever and rotavirus—a diarrhea and vomiting sickness which many children in the western world are vaccinated against. Beth Greenfield, Fortune, 1 July 2024 For example, according to the CDC, uptake of the MMR vaccine, which provides protection against measles, mumps, and rubella, fell from 95% in the 2019-2020 school year to 93% in the 2021-2022 school year. Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 20 June 2024 One dose of the measles vaccine is 93% effective at preventing infection if exposed to the virus. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for measle 

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Word History


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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“Measle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


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