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[jin-jahy-vuh, jin-juh-]
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noun, plural gin·gi·vae [jin-jahy-vee, jin-juh-vee] /dʒɪnˈdʒaɪ vi, ˈdʒɪn dʒəˌvi/.
  1. gum2(def 1).

Origin of gingiva

First recorded in 1885–90, gingiva is from the Latin word gingīva
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British Dictionary definitions for gingiva


noun plural -givae (-dʒɪˌviː, -ˈdʒaɪviː)
  1. anatomy the technical name for the gum 2
Derived Formsgingival, adjective

Word Origin

from Latin
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gingiva in Medicine


(jĭnjə-və, jĭn-jī-)
n. pl. gin•gi•vae (-vē′)
  1. gum2
Related formsgingi•val (jĭnjə-vəl, jĭn-jī-) adj.

gingiva in Science


Plural gingivae (jĭnjə-vē′)
  1. 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