from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See gum2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The gum, consisting of the tissue surrounding the roots of the teeth and covering the jawbone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth


Latin gingīva.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gingiva ("gums") (Wiktionary)


  • Usually what I see is that the gingiva has become quite tough fibrous and the eruptive force of the teeth is not enough to overcome the resistance.

    Eruption Hematoma (gums turning blue?)

  • The incisors seem to fly right on in once the gingiva is exposed like that.

    Eruption Hematoma (gums turning blue?)

  • They usually do periodontal surgery of the gingiva.

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  • Results of their study with a small number of patients showed that the gingiva substitute was "promising" and supported the need to carry out a larger patient study in the future. - latest science and technology news stories

  • According to the study's lead author, Dr. Susan Gibbs of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, skin substitutes have been far more advanced than oral gingiva substitutes and, until now, no oral tissue-engineered products have been available for clinical applications. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The gingiva (gum) forms a seal with the crown or the root, depending on the stage of eruption into the oral cavity. News

  • The gingiva, being the most apparent tissue, is where most of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, such as swelling, redness, bleeding, recession are most visible.

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  • Classical plastic tubes  Spacers to decrease dose to gingiva, teeth & other lip

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