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gutta-percha

[ guht-uh-pur-chuh ]
/ ˈgʌt əˈpɜr tʃə /
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noun
the milky juice, nearly white when pure, of various Malaysian trees of the sapodilla family, especially Palaquium gutta.
the tough, rubberlike gum made from this and used as a dental cement, in the manufacture of golf balls, for insulating electric wires, etc.
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Origin of gutta-percha

1835–45; <Malay gətah (spelling getah) tree sap + perca rag, strip of cloth; perhaps so called from the appearance of the sap (Malay getah taban) in its marketed form
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British Dictionary definitions for gutta-percha

gutta-percha
/ (ˈɡʌtəˈpɜːtʃə) /

noun
any of several tropical trees of the sapotaceous genera Palaquium and Payena, esp Palaquium gutta
a whitish rubber substance derived from the coagulated milky latex of any of these trees: used in electrical insulation and dentistry

Word Origin for gutta-percha

C19: from Malay getah gum + percha name of a tree that produces it
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Medical definitions for gutta-percha

gutta-percha
[ gŭt′ə-pûrchə ]

n.
A rubbery substance from the latex of any of several tropical trees, used as a temporary filling material in dentistry and in the manufacture of orthopedic splints.
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