\ 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

Examples of mumps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, state law mandates that college students have their a variety of immunizations, such as against measles, mumps and rubella, Mercer noted. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Public and private schools across the country already require proof of vaccination against, for example, mumps and measles, allowing exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Bianna Golodryga, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Right now, the department requires students be vaccinated against nearly a dozen different diseases — from measles, mumps and rubella, to polio and the chickenpox — though, the state does allow for medical and religious exemptions. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2021 State law has long mandated college students be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, with exemptions possible due to religion and medical conditions. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2021 Vaccines such as those for polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and seasonal flu have been made from weakened or inactivated viruses. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2021 Valparaiso University requires enrolled students to be immunized for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and meningitis, and last fall required all students to receive the flu vaccine. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2021 States and local governments decide which vaccines to require among students, and in Florida, those include vaccines for polio, hepatitis B and measles, mumps, rubella and others. Raja Razek And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 And as with other mandatory shots for measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, the COVID-19 directive would allow for students or employees to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Mumps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mumps. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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