\ 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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The first of two measles vaccinations that also combine protection from mumps and rubella, often called German measles, generally is given to children 12 months old. USA TODAY, "Travelers who landed in Detroit, Newark, Memphis pop up with measles," 14 Mar. 2018 The first dose of the mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – usually administered between 12-16 months of age —provides 93 percent protection. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 With a small and fraudulent study, Wakefield helped perpetuate the myth that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism and ignited the modern anti-vaccine movement (even recently fanning a measles outbreak in Minnesota). Julia Belluz, Vox, "Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.," 24 Sep. 2018 But generally, people who get the mumps as adults after receiving the immunization as children do not suffer such severe complications. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Mumps outbreaks reported in Philadelphia region; most linked to Delaware dance party," 28 Mar. 2018 According to Hirons' Instagram post, her son was fit and healthy prior to getting mumps. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Mom and fellow makeup artist calls out Kat Von D for anti-vaccine stance with heartwrenching story," 12 June 2018 Wochit Students and faculty at the University of Cincinnati are at risk of getting the mumps. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "There's a mumps outbreak at the University of Cincinnati. Are you vaccinated?," 18 Apr. 2018 The Orthodox Jewish community has already faced numerous outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in recent years, including whooping cough and mumps. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas nurse fired after allegedly posting about toddler's measles diagnosis on anti-vax page," 29 Aug. 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


\ 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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