Definition of German measles in English:

German measles

plural 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
    • ‘We have a tradition of associating diseases (often wrongly) with foreign parts - Dutch elm disease, German measles, Spanish flu.’
    • ‘By eleven, he had developed asthma, contracted German measles, suffered from bronchitis, and had his appendix removed.’
    • ‘She may need to be vaccinated against the German measles.’
    • ‘Occasional outbreaks of German measles, whooping cough, polio, and other contagious diseases prompt public health campaigns to immunize Amish children.’
    • ‘A survey of immunity in Australian pre-school children has found higher than expected levels of antibodies to measles and German measles (rubella).’


German measles