gutta-percha

noun
gut·​ta-per·​cha | \ˌgə-tə-ˈpər-chə \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gutta-percha

Share gutta-percha

Statistics for gutta-percha

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gutta-percha

The first known use of gutta-percha was in 1845

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gutta-percha

gutta-percha

noun
gut·​ta-per·​cha | \ˌgət-ə-ˈpər-chə \

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 esp. as a permanent filling in root canals

More from Merriam-Webster on gutta-percha

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about gutta-percha

Comments on gutta-percha

What made you want to look up gutta-percha? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!