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measles (me´zlz)

1. An acute exanthematous disease, caused by m. virus, a member of the family Paramyxoviridae, and marked by fever and other constitutional disturbances, a catarrhal inflammation of the respiratory mucous membranes, and a generalized maculopapular eruption of a dusky red color; the eruption occurs early on the buccal mucous membrane in the form of Koplik's spots, under spot, a manifestation utilized in early diagnosis; average incubation period is from 10 to 12 days.morbilli; 2. A disease of swine caused by the presence of Cysticercus cellulosae, the measle or larva of Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm. 3. A disease of cattle caused by the presence of Cysticercus bovis, the measle or larva of Taenia saginata, the beef tapeworm of man. [D. maselen]
atypical m. sometimes severe, unusual clinical manifestation of natural m. virus infection in persons with waning vaccination immunity, particularly in those who had received formaldehyde-inactivated vaccine; an accelerated allergic reaction apparently resulting from an anamnestic antibody response, characterized by high fever, absence of Koplik's spots, a shortened prodromal period, atypical rash, and pneumonia.
black m. 1. hemorrhagic m 2. Rocky Mountain spotted fever
German m. rubella
hemorrhagic m. a severe form in which the eruption is dark in color due to effusion of blood into affected areas of the m. (1);
three-day m. rubella
tropical m. a disease of uncertain character, somewhat resembling rubella, occurring in southern China.


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