<anatomy> Situated near the ear; applied especially to the salivary gland near the ear.

Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the parotid gland.

<anatomy> Parotid gland, one of the salivary glands situated just in front of or below the ear. It is the largest of the salivary glands in man, and its duct opens into the interior of the mouth opposite the second molar of the upper jaw.

Origin: L. Parotis, -idis, Gr,; beside, near +, the ear: cf. F. Parotide.

<anatomy> The parotid gland.

(01 Mar 1998)

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