Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. An acute, inflammatory, contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotids, and sometimes of the pancreas, ovaries, or testes. This disease, mainly affecting children, can be prevented by vaccination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A contagious disease caused by a virus of the genus Rubulavirus, mostly occurring in childhood, which causes swelling of glands in the face and neck.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of mump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sullenness; silent displeasure; the sulks.
  • n. A specific infectious febrile disorder characterized by a nonsuppurative inflammation of the parotid glands, and sometimes causing inflammation of the testes or ovaries; also called epidemic parotitis or infectious parotitis. It is caused by infection with a paramyxovirus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sullenness; silent displeasure; sulks.
  • n. A contagious non-suppurative inflammation of the parotid and sometimes of the other salivary glands and of the circumglandular connective tissue; idiopathic parotitis.
  • n. A drinking game.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands

Etymologies

Perhaps from pl. of dialectal mump, grimace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The chipmunk-like appearance of people infected with mumps is how mumps got its name.

    MMR: Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine

  • An outbreak of mumps is sweeping across Iowa, the first in nearly 20 years, and it's puzzling health officials and worrying parents.

    Medpundit

  • It is as if the little boy had been taught to believe that by never saying the word mumps, he could save his playmate from tumefying glands.

    Nonsenseorship

  • Crawford must have played the older boy who was supposed to take Terry to the school masquerade - until he got the mumps, that is.

    WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

  • Dr. Gerberding says the vaccine is the best protection against mumps, which is passed by coughing and sneezing

    CNN Transcript Apr 19, 2006

  • Now when I was shut up in my room with the mumps was the time to begin The French Revolution.

    In the days of my youth when I was a student in the University of Virginia, 1888-1893.

  • There is no specific treatment for mumps, which is why vaccination is strongly recommended.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • You might even call mumps deaths exceedingly rare as does AM Galazka

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • & Co., won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2006 for females ages 9 to 26, and since then some public-health policy makers have argued that for young women, Gardasil should be included alongside the standard regime of commonly administered vaccines, such as mumps and meningitis.

    Gardasil Requirement for

  • On the third day, the sight of the huge cheeks and doubled chin sent the family flying for the doctor, and the tragic verdict of "mumps" was whispered from mouth to mouth.

    A College Girl

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