ru·​bel·​la rü-ˈbe-lə How to pronounce rubella (audio)

Examples of rubella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Americans developed herd immunity for mumps, measles, rubella and other infections because, for decades, more than 90% of children received vaccinations. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 4 Sep. 2020 Although the Covid-19 shot will not become mandatory for school, all 50 states do have laws requiring specific vaccines for students – most of which include shots for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) and varicella. Deidre McPhillips, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 During the previous year the combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella had been licensed, and four years before, in 1968, a pandemic of influenza had been quelled by a new vaccine formula. Maryn McKenna, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2020 In between those two extremes are pathogens such as rubella and mumps. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 17 June 2022 However, an additional 3.9% who had never requested exceptions were not up to date with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot. Fox News, 12 Jan. 2023 Recruits arriving at the military academies or at basic training get a regimen of shots on their first day — such as measles, mumps and rubella — if they aren’t already vaccinated. Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2022 In fact, a large 2014 study led by Nyhan found that informing parents that there were no credible data linking autism with the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella and providing facts about the very real dangers of these diseases had no impact on their intention to vaccinate a child. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 7 Jan. 2021 The Harford County Health Department will be offering the chickenpox (varicella) and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for kindergartners and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) and meningitis vaccines for seventh-graders, although all children in need of a vaccine are welcome. Aegis Staff,, 26 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, feminine of rubellus reddish, from ruber red — more at red

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubella was in 1866

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“Rubella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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ru·​bel·​la rü-ˈbel-ə How to pronounce rubella (audio)

Medical Definition


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