One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Concerned with the gums.‘the gingival tissues’
- ‘Fractures of the root usually require a radiograph for detection unless the tooth is particularly loose and the fracture occurred close to the gingival margin.’
- ‘Other signs can include gingival oedema, periodontitis and adenopathy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lesions on children classically involve the buccal and gingival mucosa.’
- ‘Toothbrushes are more effective in plaque removal and gingival stimulation than are foam swabs, and toothbrushes are generally regarded as the best tool for oral care in healthy populations.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin gingiva ‘gum’ + -al.
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