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gingival

[jin-jahy-vuh l, jin-juh-] /dʒɪnˈdʒaɪ vəl, ˈdʒɪn dʒə-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the gums.
2.
Phonetics, alveolar.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; gingiv(a) + -al1
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  • These measurements help determine the condition of the connective tissue and amount of gingival overgrowth or recession.
  • gingival recession, resulting in apparent lengthening of teeth.
Word Origin and History for gingival
adj.

1660s, from Latin gingiva "gums" (of unknown origin) + -al (1).

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