(also pluralgingivae /jinˈjīvē/ /ˈjinjəˌvē/)
noun[treated as singular or plural] Medicine
- Chronic periodontitis (inflammation of the gingiva and periodontal membrane) may be a sequel of chronic gingivitis, usually because of accumulation of plaque and calculus.
- The patient complained of right maxillary pain; there were no significant dental abnormalities, but a small lesion on the right upper gingiva was seen, and a biopsy was performed.
- Lesions of the oral mucosa may be seen on the gingiva, buccal mucosa, palate, tongue, and lips.
Late 17th century: Latin, 'gum'.
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