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gin·gi·va

 (jĭn′jə-və, jĭn-jī′-)
n. pl. gin·gi·vae (-vē′)
See gum2.

[Latin gingīva.]
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gingiva

(ˈdʒɪndʒɪvə; dʒɪnˈdʒaɪvə)
n, pl -givae (-dʒɪˌviː; -ˈdʒaɪviː)
(Anatomy) anatomy the technical name for gum2
[from Latin]
ˈgingival adj
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gum1

(gʌm)

n., v. gummed, gum•ming. n.
1. any of various viscid, amorphous exudations from plants, hardening on exposure to air and soluble in or forming a viscid mass with water.
2. any of various similar exudations, as resin.
3. a sticky, adhesive preparation of such a plant substance, as for use in the arts or bookbinding.
6. the adhesive by which a postage stamp is affixed.
v.t.
7. to smear, stiffen, or stick together with gum.
8. to clog with or as if with a gummy substance.
v.i.
9. to exude or form gum.
10. to become gummy.
11. to become clogged with a gummy substance.
12. gum up, Slang. to spoil or ruin.
[1350–1400; gomme < Old French « Latin gummi, cummi < Greek kómmi < Egyptian kmyt]
gum′less, adj.

gum2

(gʌm)

n., v. gummed, gum•ming. n.
1. Often, gums. Also called gingiva. the firm, fleshy tissue covering the surfaces of the jaws and enveloping the necks of the teeth.
v.t.
2. to masticate with toothless gums.
3. to shape or renew the teeth of (a saw).
[1275–1325; Middle English gome, Old English gōma palate; akin to Old High German guomo, Old Norse gōmr palate]
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gin·gi·va

(jĭn′jə-və)
The gums of the mouth. ♦ Inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis (jĭn′jə-vī′tĭs).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gingiva - the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teethgingiva - the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
animal tissue - the tissue in the bodies of animals
mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris - the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge; "he stuffed his mouth with candy"
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Translations

gingiva

n (pl -vae) encía
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