parotid gland


Definition of parotid gland

: a serous salivary gland situated on each side of the face below and in front of the ear

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Recent Examples on the Web Mumps symptoms include discomfort and swelling of the salivary glands in the front of the neck or the parotid glands in front of the ears. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mumps cases continue to increase in San Diego County," 24 July 2019 Grunewald had surgery for the first time in her life, in which doctors removed the tumor in her parotid gland. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, "In the fight for her life, young professional runner isn't slowing down," 14 Mar. 2018 Mumps can cause serious complications Mumps is a viral illness that affects the saliva-producing glands (called the parotid glands) in the face and neck. Amanda Macmillan,, "Thousands of People Were Exposed to Mumps at a Cheerleading Competition. What Is Mumps?," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of parotid gland

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Parotid gland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of parotid gland

: a salivary gland that is situated on each side of the face below and in front of the ear, in humans is the largest of the salivary glands, is of pure serous type, and communicates with the mouth by the parotid duct

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