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 for rubella
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Measles \Mea"sles\, n.; pl. in form, but used as singular in
     senses 1, 2, & 3. [D. mazelen; akin to G. masern, pl., and E.
     mazer, and orig. meaning, little spots. See Mazer.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Med.) A contagious viral febrile disorder commencing with
        catarrhal symptoms, and marked by the appearance on the
        third day of an eruption of distinct red circular spots,
        which coalesce in a crescentic form, are slightly raised
        above the surface, and after the fourth day of the
        eruption gradually decline; rubeola. It is a common
        childhood disease.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
              Measles commences with the ordinary symptoms of
              fever.                                --Am. Cyc.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Veter. Med.) A disease of cattle and swine in which the
        flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of
        the tapeworm.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A disease of trees. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
     4. pl. (Zool.) The larvae of any tapeworm ({Taenia) in the
        cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also
        bladder worms.
        [1913 Webster]
     German measles A mild contagious viral disease, which may
        cause birth defects if contracted by a pregnant woman
        during early pregnancy; also called rubella.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  rubella \ru*bel"la\, n. [NL., fr. L. rubellus reddish.] (Med.)
     An acute but mild viral infection characterized by a dusky
     red cutaneous eruption resembling that of measles, but
     attended by only mild respiratory problems or fever; --
     called also German measles. The infective virus is called
     Rubella virus, or Rubivirus. If contracted by a woman
     during the first several months of pregnancy, rubella may
     cause serious abnormalities in the fetus.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles
           lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus
           during the first trimester [syn: German measles,
           rubella, three-day measles, epidemic roseola]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "rubella":
     African lethargy, Asiatic cholera, Chagres fever, German measles,
     Haverhill fever, acute articular rheumatism, ague, alkali disease,
     amebiasis, amebic dysentery, anthrax, bacillary dysentery,
     bastard measles, black death, black fever, blackwater fever,
     breakbone fever, brucellosis, bubonic plague, cachectic fever,
     cerebral rheumatism, chicken pox, cholera, cowpox, dandy fever,
     deer fly fever, dengue, dengue fever, diphtheria, dumdum fever,
     dysentery, elephantiasis, encephalitis lethargica, enteric fever,
     erysipelas, famine fever, five-day fever, flu, frambesia,
     glandular fever, grippe, hansenosis, hepatitis, herpes,
     herpes simplex, herpes zoster, histoplasmosis, hookworm,
     hydrophobia, infantile paralysis, infectious mononucleosis,
     inflammatory rheumatism, influenza, jail fever, jungle rot,
     kala azar, kissing disease, lepra, leprosy, leptospirosis, loa loa,
     loaiasis, lockjaw, madness, malaria, malarial fever, marsh fever,
     measles, meningitis, milzbrand, mumps, ornithosis, osteomyelitis,
     paratyphoid fever, parotitis, parrot fever, pertussis, pneumonia,
     polio, poliomyelitis, polyarthritis rheumatism, ponos, psittacosis,
     rabbit fever, rabies, rat-bite fever, relapsing fever,
     rheumatic fever, rickettsialpox, ringworm, rubeola, scarlatina,
     scarlet fever, schistosomiasis, septic sore throat, shingles,
     sleeping sickness, sleepy sickness, smallpox, snail fever,
     splenic fever, spotted fever, strep throat, swamp fever, tetanus,
     thrush, tinea, trench fever, trench mouth, tuberculosis, tularemia,
     typhoid, typhoid fever, typhus, typhus fever, undulant fever,
     vaccinia, varicella, variola, venereal disease, viral dysentery,
     whooping cough, yaws, yellow fever, yellow jack, zona, zoster

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