[ par-uh-tahy-tis ]

  1. inflammation of a parotid.

Origin of parotitis

First recorded in 1815–25; parot(id) + -itis
  • Also pa·rot·i·di·tis [puh-rot-i-dahy-tis]. /pəˌrɒt ɪˈdaɪ tɪs/.

Words Nearby parotitis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use parotitis in a sentence

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

  • Is this a reference to the septic parotitis not unfrequently seen in low fevers?

    Gilbertus Anglicus | Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • And in the parotitis, or mumps, the breasts of women swell, when the tumor of the parotitis subsides.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II | Erasmus Darwin
  • Secondary infection of the parotid gland frequently occurs, and gives rise to a suppurative parotitis.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for parotitis


parotiditis (pəˌrɒtɪˈdaɪtɪs)

/ (ˌpærəˈtaɪtɪs) /

  1. inflammation of the parotid gland: See also mumps

Derived forms of parotitis

  • parotitic (ˌpærəˈtɪtɪk) or parotiditic (pəˌrɒtɪˈdɪtɪk), adjective

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