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[jin-jahy-vuh, jin-juh-] /dʒɪnˈdʒaɪ və, ˈdʒɪn dʒə-/
noun, plural gingivae
[jin-jahy-vee, jin-juh-vee] /dʒɪnˈdʒaɪ vi, ˈdʒɪn dʒəˌvi/ (Show IPA)
gum2 (def 1).
Origin of gingiva
1885-90; < Latin gingīva Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gingiva


/ˈdʒɪndʒɪvə; dʒɪnˈdʒaɪvə/
noun (pl) -givae (-dʒɪˌviː; -ˈdʒaɪviː)
(anatomy) the technical name for the gum2
Derived Forms
gingival, adjective
Word Origin
from Latin
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gingiva in Medicine

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 in Science
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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