gingiva

[jin-jahy-vuh, jin-juh-]
noun, plural gingivae [jin-jahy-vee, jin-juh-vee] .
gum2 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1885–90; < Latin gingīva

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gingiva (ˈdʒɪndʒɪvə, dʒɪnˈdʒaɪvə)
 
n , pl -givae
anatomy the technical name for the gum
 
[from Latin]
 
'gingival
 
adj

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gingiva gin·gi·va (jĭn'jə-və, jĭn-jī'-)
n. pl. gin·gi·vae (-vē')
See gum.


gin'gi·val (jĭn'jə-vəl, jĭn-jī'-) adj.
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gingiva   (jĭn'jə-və)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural gingivae (jĭn'jə-vē')
The gums of the mouth. The gingiva are made up of epithelial tissue that is attached to the bones of the jaw and surrounds and supports the bases of the teeth. Also called gum2.
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It consists of the cementum, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone, and gingiva.
Lying over the bone is the gingiva or gum, which is readily visible in the mouth.
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