an acute communicable disease, usually of childhood, caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, esp. the parotid, and, in adults, often complicated by inflammation of the testes, ovaries, etc.
Origin of mumpsplural of obsolete mump, a grimace: probably from patient's appearance
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
An acute, inflammatory, contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotids, and sometimes of the pancreas, ovaries, or testes. This disease, mainly affecting children, can be prevented by vaccination.
Origin of mumpsPerhaps from pl. of dialectal mump, grimace.
- (pathology) A contagious disease caused by a virus of the genus Rubulavirus, mostly occurring in childhood, which causes swelling of glands in the face and neck.
- More frequently used with a singular verb.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of mump
- Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi-Programing System; a programming language (database) developed originally to be specifically for hierarchically arranged records, such as medical records.