Melnick, Joseph L. Department of Virology and Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
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An acute contagious viral disease, characterized chiefly by enlargement of the parotid glands (parotitis). The virus, 175–200 nanometers in diameter, is a member of the Paramyxovirus genus in the family Paramyxoviridae. It will grow in monkeys, newborn hamsters, embryonated eggs, and tissue cultures. See also: Animal virus
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