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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 Senate Bill 163 also requires every school publish its immunization and exemption rates for measles, mumps and rubella to students, parents and guardians each year. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No, Colorado bill does not mandate all students get vaccines without exception," 23 June 2020 The doses of the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella dropped by 50%. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Five lessons from the coronavirus pandemic about your child's immunizations," 16 June 2020 But with other diseases, like mumps, immunity wears off over time. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Rare, super coronavirus antibodies likely to yield vaccine, say Stanford, UCSF experts," 15 June 2020 Other diseases include mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. USA TODAY, "Park changes, social-distancing lifeguards, pear plant outbreak: News from around our 50 states," 2 June 2020 In 1964, the U.S. had an estimated 210,000 mumps cases, according to the CDC. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 29 May 2020 This offer is valid only for townsfolk with proof of dropsy, mumps, polio, lumbago, colitis, bursitis, bites of the wolf most vile, and other afflictions covered under the purview of Clifton’s marvellous medical menagerie. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "Dr. Clifton’s Fantastical Miracle Elixir Return Policy," 19 May 2020 That type of vaccine has proved broadly effective at combating other dangerous illnesses such as polio, mumps and smallpox, Andino said. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus vaccine could come from California, with no shot needed," 17 May 2020 An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year found mumps cases spiked at the same time the Trump administration packed more and more people into close quarters. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "ICE Has Repeatedly Failed to Contain Contagious Diseases, Our Analysis Shows. It’s a Danger to the Public.," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of mumps was in 1592

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1 Jul 2020

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“Mumps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mumps. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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


noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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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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