parotidectomy

Definition / meaning of parotidectomy

Surgery to remove all or part of the parotid gland (a large salivary gland located in front of and just below the ear). In a radical parotidectomy, the entire gland is removed.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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