[jin-jahy-vuh l, jin-juh-]


of or relating to the gums.
Phonetics. alveolar.

Nearby words

  1. gingersnap,
  2. gingery,
  3. gingham,
  4. gingili,
  5. gingiva,
  6. gingival crevice,
  7. gingival index,
  8. gingival margin,
  9. gingival massage,
  10. gingival sulcus

Origin of gingival

First recorded in 1660–70; gingiv(a) + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for gingival



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper