• WordNet 3.6
    • n measles an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is considered to be the godfather of the modern vaccine era. Having created nearly three dozen vaccines - more than any other scientist, Hilleman is also credited with saving more lives than any other scientist. Probably best known for his preventive vaccine for mumps, Hilleman has also developed vaccines for measles, rubella, chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, flu and hepatitis B.
    • Measles (Med) A contagious viral febrile disorder commencing with catarrhal symptoms, and marked by the appearance on the third day of an eruption of distinct red circular spots, which coalesce in a crescentic form, are slightly raised above the surface, and after the fourth day of the eruption gradually decline; rubeola. It is a common childhood disease. "Measles commences with the ordinary symptoms of fever."
    • Measles (Veter. Med) A disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm.
    • Measles A disease of trees.
    • n Measles Leprosy; also, a leper.
    • Measles (Zoöl) The larvæ of any tapeworm (Tænia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also bladder worms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n measles A contagious disease of man, with an incubation period of about nine or ten days, and a period of invasion of about three or four days, in which there are pyrexia and rapid pulse, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the eyes and upper air-passages, and bronchitis, followed by an eruption of small rose-colored papulæ, which arrange themselves in curvilinear forms. The period of eruption usually lasts about four days. The eruption is succeeded by a bran-like desquamation. The poison is conveyed directly from the patient through the air and by fomites. It is given off in the period of invasion as well as in later periods. Also called rubeola and morbilli.
    • n measles An old name for several diseases of swine or sheep, caused by the scolex or measle of a tapeworm, and characterized by reddish watery pustules on the skin, cough, feverishness, and discharge at the nostrils.—3. A disease of plants; any blight of leaves appearing in spots, whether due to the attacks of insects or to the action of weather. See measle, 1.
    • n measles See measle. 2.
    • n measles In photography, a defect in silver-printing consisting in semi-opaque blotches caused by imperfect fixation by the insoluble silver hyposulphite visible when the prints are held to the light. In time these spots become yellow.
    • n measles Same as scarlet fever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing Measles mē′zlz a contagious fever accompanied with eruptions of small red spots upon the skin: a disease of swine and cattle, caused by larval tapeworms: a disease of trees, the leaves being covered with spots
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  • Lord Byron
    “Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “Love's like the measles; all the worse when it comes late in life.”
  • Mary Roberts Rhinehart
    Mary Roberts Rhinehart
    “Love is like the measles, all the worse when it comes late.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. mazelen,; akin to G. masern, pl., and E. mazer, and orig. meaning, little spots. See Mazer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. maselen, measles, from Old Dut. masche, a spot, cog. with Old High Ger. māsā, a spot; Ger. masern, measles.


In literature:

And Mr. Wells's measles and children's diseases, too.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
I think little Peter is not well; your aunt is afraid he is catching measles.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
The child had measles.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
And you know it doesn't really matter about the measles, because I'm strong and don't always go catching things like Roger does.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
It is as common as the measles.
"The Cromptons" by Mary J. Holmes
During the recent measles epidemic a large number of children died on the Agency.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 10, October, 1889" by Various
But what's the measles to a fever like this, and the mon nigh dead noo?
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
They were bright articles and, like measle-spots, they appeared rapidly after ten days or a fortnight; unlike measles they seemed to be permanent.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 8th, 1920" by Various
Of course, there are always the faddists and theorists, who take their ideals as hard as mumps or measles.
"Greenwich Village" by Anna Alice Chapin
She hated being so late in town, but the Lenskys, to whom she had been going, had wired to put her off, as Pammy had come down with measles.
"The Halo" by Bettina von Hutten
My cousin Winny has caught the measles.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Say, you'd most think I was as catchin' as a case of measles.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Four Officers were down for a short time with measles, including Capt.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Measles is not the only affection that "takes harder" near maturity.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
His little girl is down with the measles, and I have promised to act as doctor and nurse for the poor child.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
He's had measles, and been very bad, and he's such a good chap.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
They occasionally accompany scarlet fever, diphtheria, measles, and influenza.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Esau's temper was horrible after he had been ill with measles.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
The measles and the scarlet fever were the only things that ever took kindly to her in her little life.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
You've got the measles.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston

In poetry:

"Oh, do you know–perhaps you've not heard–
She had a dreadful fright;
My Daisy with the measles
Kept me up every night.
"Mammas and Babies" by Kate Greenaway
No whooping-cough did rack his frame,
Nor measles drear, with spots;
Not these impaired the sacred name
Of Stephen Dowling Bots.
"Ode To Stephen Bowling Bots" by Mark Twain

In news:

Cowlitz County health officials confirmed a case of measles in a student at Woodland Primary School.
President's Service Blog: Lions Fight Against Measles .
The Dutchess County Department of Health recently announced a confirmed case of measles in a student at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, NY.
The Department of Health announced today a confirmed case of measles in a student at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz.
State recommends measles vaccinations after case confirmed in Ulster County.
The state Department of Health is recommending all New Yorkers get vaccinated against the measles , after a case was confirmed in an Ulster County child.
New study questions age at which kids are vaccinated for measles .
15 states lag on vaccinating tots for measles , mumps and rubella.
Measles Confirmed In Two Arkansas Siblings.
Amid Rise in US Measles Cases, High School Parents Divided on Vaccinations.
AP story about measles vaccinations shows media do report good news.
Family should get measles shots for travel to Europe.
Global measles deaths fall but disease still not eradicated.
2011 was worst measles year in US in 15 years.
Measles left baby 'teetering near death'.

In science:

Plug-and-play inference for disease dynamics: Measles in large and small populations as a case study. J.
Compound Markov counting processes and their applications to modeling infinitesimally over-dispersed systems
Ehrengruber, M. U., Ehler, E., Billeter, M. A. & Naim, H. Y. 2002 Measles virus spreads in rat hippocampal neurons by cell-to-cell contact and in a polarized fashion. J.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Likelihood-based estimation of continuous-time epidemic models from time-series data: application to measles transmission in london.
HIV with contact-tracing: a case study in Approximate Bayesian Computation
Grenfell. A stochastic model for extinction and recurrence of epidemics: estimation and inference for measles outbreaks.
HIV with contact-tracing: a case study in Approximate Bayesian Computation