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parotid Line breaks: par|otid
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɒtɪd/

Definition of parotid in English:


Relating to, situated near, or affecting a parotid gland: the parotid duct
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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