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mumps

Pronunciation: mumps

Definition: An acute infectious and contagious disease caused by a mumps virus of the genus Rubulavirus and characterized by fever, inflammation and swelling of the parotid gland, and sometimes of other salivary glands, and occasionally by inflammation of the testis, ovary, pancreas, or meninges.

Synonym(s): epidemic parotitis

[dialectic Eng. mump, a lump or bump]

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