Definition of German measles in English:

German measles

Line breaks: Ger¦man mea¦sles

noun

[usually treated as singular]
  • A contagious viral disease, with symptoms like mild measles. It can cause fetal malformation if caught in early pregnancy. Also called rubella.
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    • We have a tradition of associating diseases (often wrongly) with foreign parts - Dutch elm disease, German measles, Spanish flu.
    • A survey of immunity in Australian pre-school children has found higher than expected levels of antibodies to measles and German measles (rubella).
    • By eleven, he had developed asthma, contracted German measles, suffered from bronchitis, and had his appendix removed.

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