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rubella Syllabification: ru·bel·la
Pronunciation: /ro͞oˈbelə/

Definition of rubella in English:


A contagious viral disease, with symptoms like mild measles. It can cause fetal malformation if contracted in early pregnancy. Also called German measles.
Example sentences
  • Patients given vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella, polio, rabies and Japanese encephalitis are not affected.
  • Animal research has led to vaccines for rabies, smallpox, rubella, measles and anthrax.
  • The serum was also used in vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and whooping cough until as late as 1993.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, neuter plural of Latin rubellus 'reddish'.

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