pa·​rot·​id | \ pə-ˈrä-təd How to pronounce parotid (audio) \

Definition of parotid

: of or relating to the parotid gland

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In 1953, both Stewart and Gross published papers on these induced parotid tumors just months apart. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019 Eighty-five percent of salivary-gland tumors are parotid [i.e., in the gland were Yauch's tumor is located]. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of parotid

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parotid

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

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pa·​rot·​id | \ pə-ˈrät-əd How to pronounce parotid (audio) \

Medical Definition of parotid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, being, produced by, or located near the parotid gland parotid acinar cells



Medical Definition of parotid (Entry 2 of 2)

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