Origin of gingiva
First recorded in 1885–90, gingiva is from the Latin word gingīva
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- anatomy the technical name for the gum 2
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- 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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