[ jin-jahy-vuh, jin-juh- ]
/ dʒɪnˈdʒaɪ və, ˈdʒɪn dʒə- /

noun, plural gin·gi·vae [jin-jahy-vee, jin-juh-vee] /dʒɪnˈdʒaɪ vi, ˈdʒɪn dʒəˌvi/.

Origin of gingiva

First recorded in 1885–90, gingiva is from the Latin word gingīva Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gingiva


/ (ˈdʒɪndʒɪvə, dʒɪnˈdʒaɪvə) /

noun plural -givae (-dʒɪˌviː, -ˈdʒaɪviː)

anatomy the technical name for the gum 2
Derived Formsgingival, adjective

Word Origin for gingiva

from Latin
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Medicine definitions for gingiva


[ jĭnjə-və, jĭn-jī- ]

n. pl. gin•gi•vae (-vē′)

Related formsgingi•val (jĭnjə-vəl, jĭn-jī-) adj.
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Science definitions for gingiva


[ jĭnjə-və ]

Plural gingivae (jĭnjə-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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