Definition of mumps in English:

mumps

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Pronunciation: /mʌmps
 
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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.
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    • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from obsolete mump 'grimace, have a miserable expression'.

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