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Medical Term:

measles virus


an RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus, family Paramyxoviridae, that causes measles in humans and is transmitted through the respiratory tract; possesses hemagglutinating, hemadsorbing, and hemolyzing properties.

Synonym(s): rubeola virus

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