\ˈməmps \

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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Most children receive a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) shot at 12 to 15 months and another dose a few years later -- sometime between age 4 and 6, according to the CDC. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "World Cup attendees urged to get measles vaccine: Signs and symptoms of the viral illness," 12 June 2018 The Philadelphia region also experienced an outbreak of mumps cases in March and April that affected more than two dozen people in Chester County, Montgomery County and the state of Delaware. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Second suspected measles case detected in South Jersey," 5 July 2018 The current outbreak far exceeds the last one of similar scale, in 1974, when 42 mumps cases were reported. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska updates vaccine guidelines as mumps outbreak swells with over 200 cases," 21 Feb. 2018 Because efficacy can wane over time, there are frequent outbreaks of mumps in the U.S. NBC News, "Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition," 7 Mar. 2018 The Beto Unit in Tennessee Colony and Segovia Unit in Edinburg are both dealing with the possibility of mumps, while McConnell, Ellis, and Terrell Units are all grappling with gastrointestinal illnesses, Clark said. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Possible mumps infections shut down visiting again in parts of two Texas prisons," 18 Feb. 2018 Those who have received a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine are unlikely to get the illness. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Maryland health officials warn of possible measles exposure," 24 May 2018 That's the age when the first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine is usually given. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Kansas City reaches important milestone in its two measles outbreaks | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 So things were going quite well until Andrew Wakefield did his Lancet article [suggesting there’s a link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism]. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaccines helped us rid the earth of smallpox. We should celebrate them more.," 8 May 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of mumps

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

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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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