Parotid Pa*rot"id, a. [L. parotis, -idis, Gr. ?, ?; para` beside, near + ?, ?, the ear: cf. F. parotide. ] (Anat.) (a) Situated near the ear; -- applied especially to the salivary gland near the ear. (b) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the parotid gland. [1913 Webster]

{Parotid gland} (Anat.), one of the salivary glands situated just in front of or below the ear. It is the largest of the salivary glands in man, and its duct opens into the interior of the mouth opposite the second molar of the upper jaw. [1913 Webster]

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  • Parotid — Pa*rot id, n. (Anat.) The parotid gland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parotid — 1680s, from Fr. parotide (1540s), or directly from L. parotid , stem of parotis, from Gk. parotis, from para beside (see PARA (Cf. para )) + ot , stem of ous ear (see EAR (Cf. ear) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • parotid — [pə rät′id] adj. [ML parotidus < L parotis (gen. parotidis), a tumor near the ear < Gr parōtis < para , beside (see PARA 1) + ous (gen. ōtos), EAR1] situated near or beside the ear; esp., designating or of either of the salivary glands… …   English World dictionary

  • parotid — Situated near the ear; denoting several structures in this neighborhood. Usually refers to the p. salivary gland. [G. parotis (p. ), the gland beside the ear, fr. para, beside, + ous (ot ), ear] * * * pa·rot·id pə rät əd adj of, relating to,… …   Medical dictionary

  • parotid — adjective Etymology: New Latin parotid , parotis parotid gland, from Latin, tumor near the ear, from Greek parōtid , parōtis, from para + ōt , ous ear more at ear Date: 1687 of or relating to the parotid gland …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parotid — parotidean, adj. /peuh rot id/, Anat. n. 1. Also called parotid gland. a salivary gland situated at the base of each ear. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or situated near either parotid. [1680 90; < NL parotid (s. of parotis) parotid gland; L: tumor… …   Universalium

  • parotid — adj. & n. adj. situated near the ear. n. (in full parotid gland) a salivary gland in front of the ear. Phrases and idioms: parotid duct a duct opening from the parotid gland into the mouth. Etymology: F parotide or L parotis parotid f. Gk parotis …   Useful english dictionary

  • parotid — 1. adjective Relating to the parotid gland. 2. noun The parotid gland …   Wiktionary

  • parotid — pa•rot•id [[t]pəˈrɒt ɪd[/t]] n. 1) anat. Also called parot′id gland . a salivary gland situated below the ear 2) anat. of, pertaining to, or situated near the ear • Etymology: 1680–90; < NL parōtid (s. of parōtis) parotid, L: tumor near the… …   From formal English to slang

  • parotid — [pə rɒtɪd] adjective Anatomy relating to or denoting a pair of large salivary glands situated just in front of each ear. Origin C17: via L. from Gk parōtis, parōtid , from para beside + ous, ōt ear …   English new terms dictionary

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