Definition of gingival in English:

gingival

adjective

Medicine
  • Concerned with the gums:

    ‘the gingival tissues’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin gingiva gum + -al.

Pronunciation:

gingival

/dʒɪnˈdʒʌɪv(ə)l/