EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun Also called parotid gland. a salivary gland situated at the base of each ear. adjective of, relating to, or situated near either parotid. Origin of parotid 1680–90;
New Latin parōtid-
) parotid gland;
tumor near the ear <
oto- Related forms pa·rot·i·de·an, adjective post·pa·rot·id, adjective
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Examples from the Web for parotid Historical Examples of parotid
parotid glands are swollen, as in human mumps.
parotid is situated on the side of the face in front of the ear.
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. British Dictionary definitions for parotid adjective relating to or situated near the parotid gland Word Origin for parotid
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 adj.
"situated near the ear," 1680s, from French
parotide (1540s), or directly from Latin parotid-, stem of parotis, from Greek parotis "tumor near the ear," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + ot-, stem of ous "ear" (see ear (n.1)). As a noun, "the parotid gland."
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adj. Situated near the ear. Of or relating to a parotid gland.
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