- 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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- a large salivary gland, in man situated in front of and below each ear
- 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 gland
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- Either of a pair of major salivary glands situated below and in front of each ear and opening into the parotid duct; the largest of the major salivary glands.
- Situated near the ear.
- Of or relating to a parotid gland.
- A parotid gland.
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- Either of the pair of salivary glands situated below and in front of each ear.
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