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 (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 and Etymology of gutta-percha

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


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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

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