[jin-jahy-vuh l, jin-juh-]


of or relating to the gums.
Phonetics. alveolar.

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