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]

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pa·rot·id pə-'rät-əd adj of, relating to, being, produced by, or located near the parotid gland <\parotid acinar cells>

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pa·rot·id (pə-rotґid) [para- + Gr. ous ear] 1. situated or occurring near the ear. 2. pertaining to a parotid gland. 3. glandula parotidea.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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