\ ˈməmps How to pronounce mumps (audio) \

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

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Reports have described outbreaks of scabies, shingles, chickenpox and mumps at the facilities. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "Immigrant Children Sent to Chicago Shelters Are Traumatized and Sick, in Some Instances With Chicken Pox or Tuberculosis," 11 July 2019 Richarlison, who missed the Paraguay game, is set to return to training after contracting mumps but is unlikely to start against Argentina. SI.com, "Brazil vs Argentina Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 1 July 2019 All detainees have been given a measles and mumps vaccine, ICE says. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "More mumps and chickenpox cases hit Aurora’s ICE facility," 14 June 2019 The best way to prevent mumps is with a vaccine, and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 88% effective for mumps when two doses are given, the CDC says. Jason Hanna And Doug Criss, CNN, "300 inmates in Texas' Harris County jail are quarantined over a mumps outbreak," 13 June 2019 Two detainees at the Kenosha County Detention Center are being treated for mumps, authorities said Friday. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two detainees at Kenosha County Detention Center diagnosed with mumps," 7 June 2019 Research suggests a similar drop in protection over time occurs with the mumps vaccine, too. Quanta Magazine, "Vaccines Are Pushing Pathogens to Evolve," 10 May 2018 Health officials have urged residents who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to talk to their doctors about the vaccine. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Westside theater and restaurant patrons may have been exposed to measles, officials say," 23 June 2019 Five inmates have been diagnosed with the mumps, though doctors are still waiting to get back test results to confirm the diagnosis. Doug Criss, CNN, "Five inmates at a New Jersey jail came down with the mumps. The entire facility is now quarantined," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of mumps

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mumps

from plural of obsolete mump grimace

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English Language Learners Definition of mumps

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


\ ˈməmps How to pronounce mumps (audio) \

Kids Definition of mumps

: a contagious disease marked especially by fever and swelling of the glands around the lower jaw
\ ˈməm(p)s How to pronounce mumps (audio) \

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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