pa·​rot·​id pə-ˈrä-təd How to pronounce parotid (audio)
: of or relating to the parotid gland

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The parotid glands, the largest of the three, are located in each cheek over the jaw in front of the ears. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 The parotid glands are located just behind the toad’s eyes. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 6 Nov. 2022 Bufo hunters catch the toads at night using flashlights—the toads freeze when confronted by a bright light—then milk the venom from the toad’s parotid glands, typically holding a mirror up to catch the spray. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, 20 Jan. 2022 In 1953, both Stewart and Gross published papers on these induced parotid tumors just months apart. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, 17 June 2019 Eighty-five percent of salivary-gland tumors are parotid [i.e., in the gland were Yauch's tumor is located]. Newsweek, 14 Mar. 2018

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Word History


New Latin parotid-, parotis parotid gland, from Latin, tumor near the ear, from Greek parōtid-, parōtis, from para- + ōt-, ous ear — more at ear

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parotid was in 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Parotid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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pa·​rot·​id pə-ˈrät-əd How to pronounce parotid (audio)
: of or relating to the parotid gland

Medical Definition

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pa·​rot·​id pə-ˈrät-əd How to pronounce parotid (audio)
: of, relating to, being, produced by, or located near the parotid gland
parotid acinar cells


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