gingival

[jin-jahy-vuh l, jin-juh-]
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adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for gingival

gingival

adj.

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

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