[ guhm-uh ]
/ ˈgʌm ə /

noun, plural gum·mas, gum·ma·ta [guhm-uh-tuh] /ˈgʌm ə tə/. Pathology.

a rubbery, tumorlike lesion associated with tertiary syphilis.

Nearby words

  1. gumboots,
  2. gumbotil,
  3. gumdrop,
  4. gumi,
  5. gumlands,
  6. gummata,
  7. gummatous abscess,
  8. gummed,
  9. gummite,
  10. gummosis

Origin of gumma

From New Latin, dating back to 1715–25; see origin at gum1

Related formsgum·ma·tous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gumma


/ (ˈɡʌmə) /

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

pathol a rubbery tumour characteristic of advanced syphilis, occurring esp on the skin, liver, brain or heart
Derived Formsgummatous, adjective

Word Origin for gumma

C18: from New Latin, from Latin gummi gum 1

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Medicine definitions for gumma


[ gŭmə ]

n. pl. gum•mas

A small, rubbery granuloma having a necrotic center and an inflamed, fibrous capsule. It is characteristic of an advanced stage of syphilis.syphiloma
Related formsgumma•tous adj.

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