Definition of parotid in English:


Line breaks: par|otid
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɒtɪd


  • Relating to, situated near, or affecting a parotid gland: the parotid duct
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    • The right parotid duct is grazed in this cut.
    • Plain radiograph films may show air in the soft tissue and may even outline the course of the parotid duct.
    • The patient should be examined for evidence of other causes of lower facial weakness such as intracranial or parotid lesions or Lyme disease.


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  • short for parotid gland.
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    • In rare cases, mumps will attack other groups of salivary glands instead of the parotids.
    • The parotids were firm, nontender, and enlarged, especially the left side obscuring the mandibular angle.
    • Bilateral slow-growing enlargement of the parotids is a classic, but not common, finding in sarcoidosis.


late 17th century: via Latin from Greek parōtis, parōtid-, from para- 'beside' + ous, ōt- 'ear'.

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