measles: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mē'zulz), [key]
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
- an acute infectious disease occurring mostly in children, characterized by catarrhal and febrile symptoms and an eruption of small red spots; rubeola.
- any of certain other eruptive diseases. Cf.German measles.
- a disease in swine and other animals caused by the larvae of certain tapeworms of the genus Taenia.
- the larvae that cause measles in swine and other animals, and that upon maturation produce trichinosis in humans.