- Also called parotid gland. a salivary gland situated at the base of each ear.
- of, relating to, or situated near either parotid.
Origin of parotid
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Sometimes the parotid glands are swollen, as in human mumps.Our Cats and All About Them
The parotid is situated on the side of the face in front of the ear.A Practical Physiology
Albert F. Blaisdell
The purest saliva was obtained for their experiments directly from the parotid duct, in man, the horse, and dog.
On a careful examination, it was found to affect the parotid gland, and the surrounding cellular tissue.
As a matter of fact, the function of the parotid gland was not well understood at this time.Catholic Churchmen in Science
James J. Walsh
- relating to or situated near the parotid gland
- See parotid gland
C17: via French, via Latin from Greek parōtis, from para- 1 (near) + -ōtis, from ous ear
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Word Origin and History for parotid
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Situated near the ear.
- Of or relating to a parotid gland.
- A parotid gland.
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