- Also called parotid gland. a salivary gland situated at the base of each ear.
- of, relating to, or situated near either parotid.
- relating to or situated near the parotid gland
- See parotid gland
adj.“situated near the ear,” 1680s, from French parotide (1540s), or directly from Latin parotid-, stem of parotis, from Greek parotis “tumor near the ear,” from para- “beside” (see para- (1)) + ot-, stem of ous “ear” (see ear (n.1)). As a noun, “the parotid gland.” adj.
- Situated near the ear.
- Of or relating to a parotid gland.
- A parotid gland.