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Cysticerce \Cys"ti*cerce\ (s?s"t?-s?rs), Cysticercus \Cys`ti*cer"cus\ (-s?r"k?s), n. [NL. cysticercus, fr. Gr. ???? bladder + ke`rkos tail: cf. F. cysticerque.] (Zo["o]l.) The larval form of a tapeworm, having the head and neck of a tapeworm attached to a saclike body filled with fluid; -- called also bladder worm, hydatid, and measle (as, pork measle).

Note: These larvae live in the tissues of various living animals, and, when swallowed by a suitable carnivorous animal, develop into adult tapeworms in the intestine. See Measles, 4, Tapeworm.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) A leper. 2 A tapeworm larva.


Usage examples of "measle".

Sixty-eight and two-tenths per cent of all deaths from broncho-pneumonia occur in children under 5 years of age, a time of life when measles is most apt to occur.

From a public health standpoint, then, measles is a disease of prime importance.

In this way a single child in the beginning stages of measles may easily affect 15 or 20 others.

Broncho-pneumonia, the most common and the most fatal of all the complications of measles, is very apt to occur.

The first child received the infection directly in the harmless games at the party by coming in intimate contact with a child who was just coming down with measles at a time when, according to the researches of Anderson and Goldberger in the Hygienic Laboratory of the United States Public Health Service, the infecting virus is most active.

I speak much within bounds when I say that nine-tenths of the deaths by measles occur in consequence of pneumonia.

In 1865 there were 38,000 cases with 1,900 deaths from measles in the Confederate army.

It is reported that during the Brazilio-Paraguayan War an epidemic of measles swept off nearly a fifth of the Paraguayan army in three months.

A child with measles should be put to bed and kept there as long as it has any fever or cough.

The room should be airy, but it should be darkened, because children with measles are very sensitive to light.

Anderson and Goldberger above referred to, measles is rarely transmissible after the fever has gone down.

Experimenting with monkeys, they found that they were unable to transmit measles from monkey to monkey after the stage of fever had ceased.

It used to be thought that the germs of measles were in the scales of skin which were shed at the close of the disease.

It is also believed that a discharging ear following measles may be the means of continuing the transmission of the disease.

Transmission of measles to human beings by the lower animals is still unproven.