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mumps

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈməmps\

medical : a disease that causes fever and swelling in the lower part of the cheek

Full Definition of MUMPS

:  an acute contagious virus disease caused by a paramyxovirus (species Mumps virus of the genus Rubulavirus) and marked by fever and by swelling especially of the parotid gland

Origin of MUMPS

from plural of obsolete mump grimace
First Known Use: 1598
MUMPS Defined for Kids

mumps

noun \ˈməmps\

Definition of MUMPS for Kids

:  a contagious disease marked especially by fever and swelling of the glands around the lower jaw
Medical Dictionary

mumps

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈməm(p)s\

Medical Definition of MUMPS

:  an acute contagious virus disease caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Rubulavirus (species Mumps virus) and marked by fever and by swelling especially of the parotid gland—called also epidemic parotitis

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