[ 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.

Origin of gumma

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

Related forms

gum·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 Forms

gummatous, 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 forms

gumma•tous adj.
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