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noun Pathology.
  1. a small abscess on the gum, originating in an abscess in the pulp of a tooth.
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Origin of gumboil

First recorded in 1745–55; gum2 + boil2
Also called parulis.
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Examples from the Web for gumboil

Historical Examples

  • A good example of this is seen in what is known as a gumboil.


    Ernest G. Martin

  • If he has sciatica, pleurisy or a gumboil, he can speak of his ailments and tell people what is the matter with him.

  • I've been young myself, and I know youth is touchy as a gumboil when it comes to love affairs.

    The Faith Healer

    William Vaughn Moody

  • George, my dear old school-chum, with the V.C., and his wife tells me of it as casually as if it had been a gumboil!

British Dictionary definitions for gumboil


  1. an abscess on the gums, often at the root of a decayed toothAlso called: parulis
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gumboil in Medicine


  1. A small boil or abscess on the gum, often resulting from tooth decay.
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