Definition of mumps in English:

mumps

plural noun

  • [treated as singular] A contagious and infectious viral disease causing swelling of the parotid salivary glands in the face, and a risk of sterility in adult males.

    • ‘Complications of mumps include meningitis, encephalitis and deafness.’
    • ‘Because mumps is caused by a virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics.’
    • ‘Angus was given the mumps, measles and rubella inoculation when he was 15 months old.’
    • ‘Malaria, mumps and tuberculosis, once considered eradicated, are on the rise again.’
    • ‘But he is now convinced there is no evidence of any risk from the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine.’
    • ‘Other viral illnesses such as mumps and rubella may also trigger Bell's palsy.’
    • ‘The combined MMR vaccine is the most effective and safe way of protecting your child against measles, mumps and rubella.’
    • ‘Almost all children need to be inoculated to prevent measles, mumps and rubella regaining a grip.’
    • ‘This is because mumps is very contagious and is spread through coughs and sneezes.’
    • ‘Older individuals are more likely to have had mumps when it was still a common childhood infection.’
    • ‘Cases of mumps hit the highest level since records began during April to June this year.’
    • ‘The mumps virus is contagious and spreads in tiny drops of fluid from the mouth and nose of someone who is infected.’
    • ‘If you or your child contracts mumps, it can cause swelling in one or both parotid glands.’
    • ‘Neurologic complications, such as deafness, can also occur as a result of mumps infection.’
    • ‘Doctors believe that about one in three people may have a mumps infection without symptoms.’
    • ‘Measles, mumps and rubella are unpleasant diseases and an epidemic in this country would be disastrous.’
    • ‘You may be resistant to typhoid or cholera, but it doesn't mean that you are going to be resistant to hepatitis, measles or mumps.’
    • ‘Some parents worry that the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine might overload their child's immune system.’
    • ‘Measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox can all be far more serious if you contract them as an adult.’
    • ‘Those most at risk of getting mumps, which can lead to fertility problems, are aged 14-22.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete mump grimace, have a miserable expression.

Pronunciation:

mumps

/məmps/