Definition of mumps in English:

mumps

Syllabification: mumps
Pronunciation: /məmps
 
/

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.
More example sentences
  • 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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