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mumps

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noun (used with a singular verb)Pathology.
an infectious disease characterized by inflammatory swelling of the parotid and usually other salivary glands, and sometimes by inflammation of the testes or ovaries, caused by a paramyxovirus.
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Origin of mumps

First recorded in 1590–1600; mump1 + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for mumps

mumps
/ (mʌmps) /

noun
(functioning as singular or plural) an acute contagious viral disease of the parotid salivary glands, characterized by swelling of the affected parts, fever, and pain beneath the ear: usually affects childrenAlso called: epidemic parotitis

Derived forms of mumps

mumpish, adjective

Word Origin for mumps

C16: from mump 1 (to grimace)
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Scientific definitions for mumps

mumps
[ mŭmps ]

An infectious disease caused by a virus of the family Paramyxoviridae and the genus Rubulavirus, characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotid glands, and sometimes of the pancreas, testes, or ovaries. Vaccinations, usually given in early childhood, confer immunity to mumps.
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Cultural definitions for mumps

mumps

An acute and contagious disease marked by fever and inflammation of the salivary glands. Caused by a virus, mumps is normally a childhood disease that passes with no aftereffects.

notes for mumps

A child who has had mumps is immune from further infection by the mumps virus.
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