gutta-percha


gut·ta–per·cha

noun \ˌgə-tə-ˈpər-chə\

Definition of GUTTA-PERCHA

:  a tough plastic substance from the latex of several Malaysian trees (genera Payena and Palaquium) of the sapodilla family that resembles rubber but contains more resin and is used especially as insulation and in dentistry in temporary fillings

Origin of GUTTA-PERCHA

Malay gĕtah-pĕrcha, from gĕtah sap, latex + pĕrcha scrap, rag
First Known Use: 1845

gut·ta–per·cha

noun \ˌgət-ə-ˈpər-chə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GUTTA–PERCHA

: a tough plastic substance from the latex of several Malaysian trees (genera Payena and Palaquium) of the sapodilla family (Sapotaceae) that resembles rubber but contains more resin and is used in dentistry especially as a permanent filling in root canals

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