gingivitis

noun gin·gi·vi·tis \ ˌjin-jə-ˈvī-təs \

Definition of gingivitis

:inflammation of the gums

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First Known Use of gingivitis

1874


GINGIVITIS Defined for English Language Learners

gingivitis

noun

Definition of gingivitis for English Language Learners

  • medical : a disease in which the gums become red, swollen, and sore


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gingivitis

noun gin·gi·vi·tis \ ˌjin-jə-ˈvīt-əs \

medical Definition of gingivitis

:inflammation of the gums that is often accompanied by tenderness and bleeding

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