par·​o·​ti·​tis ˌper-ō-ˈtī-təs How to pronounce parotitis (audio)
: inflammation of the parotid glands
also : mumps

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite may also occur a few days before parotitis, the CDC says. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, 4 Nov. 2019 This is caused by swollen salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides of the head, known as parotitis. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, 4 Nov. 2019 As a result, the report states, patients with parotitis should be evaluated for both mumps and flu, regardless of their vaccination status. Phil Diehl,, 11 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parotitis was in 1796

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“Parotitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



par·​o·​ti·​tis -ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce parotitis (audio)
: inflammation and swelling of one or both parotid glands or other salivary glands (as in mumps)
: mumps
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