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Definition an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
  • She never received a measles vaccination, so we'll have to wait 8 to 12 days to find out if she caught it.
  • Crying is catching, I believe, like measles and whooping-cough.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • measles = a highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children and was very common before vaccinations were widely given to prevent it
  • It looks like measles.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • measles = contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots
  • We entertain ourselves by trying to figure out which disease they've got, and we've reached the conclusion that they suffer from cancer, smallpox and measles.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • measles = contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots
  • Mother began to be afraid that he might be sickening for measles, when suddenly he sat up in bed and said: 'I hate gruel — I hate barley water — I hate bread and milk.'
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Which is quite true, if you come to think of it, and a useful thing to remember in seasons of trouble — such as measles, arithmetic, impositions, and those times when you are in disgrace, and feel as though no one would ever love you again, and you could never — never again — love anybody.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Then the sickness came, pneumonia, and measles that went to the eyes and to the mastoids.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • She drew back her shoulder blades as if preparing for a measles shot—something painful but necessary.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Red acne covered his face like the measles.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • The boy Roger had arrived home with measles; they were all in quarantine.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • When one cousin caught the measles or mumps, we were all quarantined together so as to get that childhood illness over and done with.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • At SIS-C slaughterhouses, visibly diseased animals cattle infected with measles and tapeworms, covered with abscesses were being slaughtered.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But I remember time—was quite small—when measles got loose and thousands died.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • She was a woman in the prime of life; of a severe countenance; and subject (particularly in the arms) to a sort of perpetual measles or fiery rash.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Any child running a fever, having a sprained limb, or showing signs of any disease like chicken pox or measles was automatically disqualified.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • He had the measles and the hooping-cough.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Babies came to the county health department with ant bites that looked like measles.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • Cause I— cause my brudder's god measles.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Every rash was either chicken pox or measles.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They should have called it the M.U.M.P.S. or the M.E.A.S.L.E.S. But no. The Measles is much more dangerous.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls

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