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gum

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noun \ˈgəm\

Medical Definition of gum

  1. :  the tissue that surrounds the necks of teeth and covers the alveolar parts of the jaws; broadly :  the alveolar portion of a jaw with its enveloping soft tissues



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gum

transitive verb

Medical Definition of gum

gummedgum·ming

  1. :  to chew with the gums




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gum

noun

Medical Definition of gum

  1. 1:  any of numerous colloidal polysaccharide substances of plant origin that are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying and are salts of complex organic acids—compare mucilage

  2. 2:  any of various plant exudates (as a mucilage, oleoresin, or gum resin)





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