plural noun[treated as singular]
A contagious and infectious viral disease causing swelling of the parotid salivary glands in the face, and a risk of sterility in adult males.
- Other viral illnesses such as mumps and rubella may also trigger Bell's palsy.
- This is because mumps is very contagious and is spread through coughs and sneezes.
- The mumps virus is contagious and spreads in tiny drops of fluid from the mouth and nose of someone who is infected.
Late 16th century: from obsolete mump 'grimace, have a miserable expression'.
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