Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A parotid gland.
  • adjective Situated near the ear.
  • adjective Of or relating to a parotid gland.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The parotid gland, a lobulated racemose gland situated near the ear, secreting saliva, which is poured into the mouth by a special duct.
  • noun In many types of ancient Greek helmets, an ear-guard or side-guard, a piece on either side of the helmet arranged to shield the ear and the side of the head by stopping a downward blow.
  • Situated beside the ear; parotic or parotoid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Situated near the ear; -- applied especially to the salivary gland near the ear.
  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the parotid gland.
  • adjective (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.
  • noun (Anat.) The parotid gland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Relating to the parotid gland.
  • noun The parotid gland.

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

  • adjective relating to or located near the parotid gland

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Examples

  • * Cancer of a salivary gland near the ear called the parotid

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  • The mumps, inflammation of the "parotid" gland, is commonly ushered in with a slight feverish attack.

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  • It is contagious, and has been known to run through a whole family or school; but it is not dangerous, unless, which is rarely the case, it leaves the "parotid" gland, and migrates either to the head, to the breast, or to the testicle.

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  • Alpha-amylase is secreted into saliva by the parotid gland, the largest of the salivary glands.

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  • Dr. Kevin Brumund, a neck and throat specialist at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, told the newspaper there have been no studies linking parotid cancer and chewing tobacco, which is now banned in minor league baseball.

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  • Botulinum toxin type A can be injected into the submandibular gland (below the floor of the mouth) and the parotid gland (behind the jaw).

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  • The parotid cancer was diagnosed after the former Padres star had a third round of surgery since 1997 to remove a tumor on the parotid gland.

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  • The parotid cancer was diagnosed after the former Padres star had a third round of surgery since 1997 to remove a tumor on the parotid gland.

    Tony Gwynn Has Cancer: Report

  • Dr. Kevin Brumund, a neck and throat specialist at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, told the newspaper there have been no studies linking parotid cancer and chewing tobacco, which is now banned in minor league baseball.

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  • Scientists are also planning to examine whether cell phone use increases the risk of tumors in the ear's acoustic nerve and the parotid gland, where saliva is produced.

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