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gingiva Syllabification: gin·gi·va
Pronunciation: /jinˈjīvə/
(also pluralgingivaejinˈjīvēˈjinjəˌvē)

Definition of gingiva in English:


[treated as singular or plural] Medicine
The gums.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /jinˈjīv(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • It is a variation of growth and development and can affect a person's bite, ability to clean teeth properly, gingival health, jaw growth, speech development, and appearance.
  • Other signs can include gingival oedema, periodontitis and adenopathy.
  • Lesions on children classically involve the buccal and gingival mucosa.


Late 17th century: Latin, 'gum'.

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