Etymology
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parotid (adj.)

"situated near the ear," 1680s, from French parotide (1540s), or directly from Latin parotid-, stem of parotis, from Greek parotis "tumor near the ear," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + ot-, stem of ous "ear" (see ear (n.1)). As a noun, "the parotid gland." Middle English had parotide (n.) "a tumor or sore near an ear" (c. 1200).

updated on January 21, 2020

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