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gingival

[jin-jahy-vuh l, jin-juh-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the gums.
  2. Phonetics. alveolar.
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Origin of gingival

First recorded in 1660–70; gingiv(a) + -al1
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Examples from the Web for gingival

Historical Examples

  • The ulcers, gingival and buccal, bleed easily when disturbed.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

    Various

  • Dental caries and gingival infection may lead to local hemorrhage, even where the nutritional conditions are normal.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess


Word Origin and History for gingival

adj.

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

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