gutta-percha

noun
gut·​ta-per·​cha | \ ˌgə-tə-ˈpər-chə How to pronounce gutta-percha (audio) \

Definition of gutta-percha

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

First Known Use of gutta-percha

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gutta-percha

Malay gĕtah-pĕrcha, from gĕtah sap, latex + pĕrcha scrap, rag

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“Gutta-percha.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gutta-percha. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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gutta-percha

noun
gut·​ta-per·​cha | \ ˌgət-ə-ˈpər-chə How to pronounce gutta-percha (audio) \

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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