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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch masel 'measles spot' (influenced by mesel 'leper' (13-16 centuries))

measles

noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
mea‧sles [uncountable] also the measles
MI an infectious illness in which you have a fever and small red spots on your face and body. People often have measles when they are children.

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