\ 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 That 94% rate for the MMR, or measles, mumps and rubella, is now also below the target of 95% coverage, after being roughly at the target the year before. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 31 July 2022 The infectious disease expert said that although OPV is not offered in the U.S., some other vaccines such as the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine or the chickenpox vaccine are live attenuated immunizations. Fox News, 23 July 2022 Last year, Gandhi oversaw an effort to vaccinate tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees against the coronavirus, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 19 May 2022 National coverage for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and chickenpox vaccines during the 2020-2021 school year fell to about 94 percent, under the 95 percent target. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 In the most recent school year, kindergartners had a 93.9% vaccination rate for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), 93.6% for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis, and 93.6% for varicella. Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 By comparison, shots that protect against diseases like measles and mumps have been around for decades. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Attorney General Jason Miyares said in an advisory opinion to Governor Glenn Youngkin that the General Assembly could have added Covid-19 to the list of diseases requiring vaccination, like mumps or tetanus. Bloomberg.com, 27 Jan. 2022 All routine childhood vaccinations including measles, mumps, rubella, polio and HPV will be available during the event, as well as the COVID vaccine for children age 5 and older. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Mumps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mumps. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for mumps


\ 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


noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
\ 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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