noun Pathology.

inflammation of a parotid.

Also pa·rot·i·di·tis [puh-rot-i-dahy-tis] /pəˌrɒt ɪˈdaɪ tɪs/.

Origin of parotitis

First recorded in 1815–25; parot(id) + -itis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parotitis

Historical Examples of parotitis

  • Parotitis, L. Inflammation of the parotid gland, which is situated under the ear.

  • They came to the conclusion that this variety of parotitis originates in the ducts of the gland.

  • And in the parotitis, or mumps, the breasts of women swell, when the tumor of the parotitis subsides.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • I except the mumps, or parotitis, described below; which is properly an external gland, as its excretory duct opens into the air.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • These two last cases are not related as being certainly owing to parotitis, but as they might probably have that origin.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for parotitis


parotiditis (pəˌrɒtɪˈdaɪtɪs)


inflammation of the parotid glandSee also mumps
Derived Formsparotitic (ˌpærəˈtɪtɪk) or parotiditic (pəˌrɒtɪˈdɪtɪk), adjective
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parotitis in Medicine




Inflammation of the parotid glands, as in mumps.
Related formspar′o•titic (-tĭtĭk) adj.
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