Definition of gumboil in English:



  • A small swelling formed on the gum over an abscess at the root of a tooth.

    • ‘The bulb on the end of this cautery (brass tag number 267: 19) was heated and applied to tissue to treat a variety of dental ills, including tooth decay and gumboils.’
    • ‘Mercurius colds have a very sore throat and thick yellow discharges that leave nose, eyes and even ears raw and may trigger Mercurius typical mouth problems like gumboils, a metallic taste and very, very bad breath.’
    • ‘They are very effective in mouth ulcers, gumboils and in pyorrohea.’
    • ‘An abscess may form (‘gumboil’), sometimes with facial swelling, fever, and illness.’
    • ‘The roasted fruit is emollient and used as a poultice in the treatment of gumboils, dental abscesses etc.’
    • ‘I get these gumboils if I eat any amount of wheat at all.’
    • ‘Violet leaves were used for swellings, and a brew of camomile flowers was useful in cases of sleeplessness-and gumboils!’
    • ‘But to us dissidents that gumboil was a symbol of his apartness from the pack.’
    • ‘The bark, rubbed up in rice-water mixed with cumin-seed, is a cure for gumboils and toothache.’
    • ‘If the abscess is not treated, the infection may make a channel from the tooth to the surface of the gum, and a painful swelling known as a gumboil may form.’
    • ‘Because of risk of blood poisoning, consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 12 hours if a gumboil bursts, or if abscess seems to be enlarging rapidly; antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection spreading.’
    • ‘Mouth ulcers (traditionally called gumboils) are not well understood, but are associated with Herpes Simplex.’
    • ‘Dulcie Lewis, an expert in old English folk cures, says: ‘Oil of cloves has always been applied to the gums for toothache or gumboils.’’
    • ‘Sometimes the infection spreads into the bone through the root tips and forms a gumboil [periapical infection].’
    • ‘These were used for many purposes in dentistry: to stop excessive bleeding, for early root canal treatment, for gumboils, and for toothache.’
    • ‘A drink made by infusion of the bark in hot water is thought to have a tonic effect on the liver when it is afflicted by cold, and rinsing the mouth with this liquid is thought to heal gumboils, strengthen the gums, and ease toothache.’
    sore, ulceration, open sore, abscess, boil, carbuncle, pustule, blister, cyst, wen
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