parotid glandparotid gland
Either of the pair of salivary glands situated below and in front of each ear.
Origin of parotid glandNew Latin par&omacron;tis, par&omacron;tid-, from Latin, tumor near the ear, from Greek : para-, beside; see para–1 + ous, &omacron;t-, ear; see ous- in Indo-European roots.
(plural parotid glands)
- (anatomy) Either of a pair of salivary glands located in front of, and below each ear in humans.