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gutta-percha

 [gut″ah-per´chah]
the coagulated, dried, purified latex of trees of the genera Palaguium and Payena, most commonly Palaguium gutta; used in orthopedics for fracture splints, in surgery for temporary sealing of cavities, and in dentistry in the form of cones for filling root canals or sticks for sealing cavities over treatment.

gut·ta-per·cha

(gut'ă-pĕr'chă),
The coagulated, purified, dried, milky juice of trees of the genera Palaquium (especially P. gutta and Payena (family Sapotaceae); a polyterpene-containing a trans isomer of rubber used as a filling material in dentistry, and in the manufacture of splints and electrical insulators; a solution is used as a substitute for collodion, as a protective, and to seal incised wounds. Compare: chicle, gutta.
[Malay gatah, gum, + percha, the name of a tree]

gutta-percha

/gut·ta-per·cha/ (gut″ah-pur´chah) the coagulated latex of a number of trees of the family Sapotaceae; used as a dental cement and in splints.

gutta-percha

[gut′ə pur′chə]
Etymology: Malay, getah-percha, latex sap
the coagulated rubbery sap of various tropical trees, used for temporarily sealing the dressings of prepared tooth cavities. When combined with fillers and coloring materials, it may be rolled into sheets and used to make temporary bases for dentures.

gut·ta-per·cha

(gut'ă-pĕr'chă)
The coagulated, purified, dried, milky juice of trees of the genera Palaguium and Payena (family Sapotaceae); used as a filling material in dentistry, especially to fill root canals in endodontics, and in the manufacture of splints and electrical insulators; a solution is used as a substitute for collodion, as a protective, and to seal incised wounds. Solid at room temperature and soft and pliable when heated.
[Malay gatah, gum, + percha, the name of a tree]

gut·ta-per·cha

(gut'ă-pĕr'chă)
The coagulated, dried, milky juice of trees of the genera Palaquium; polyterpene-containing a trans isomer of rubber used as a filling material in dentistry, and in the manufacture of splints and electrical insulators; a solution is used as a substitute for collodion, as a protective, and to seal incised wounds.
[Malay gatah, gum, + percha, the name of a tree]

gutta-percha (gut´ə-pur´chə),

n the coagulated juice of various tropical trees that has certain rubberlike properties. Used for temporary sealing of dressings in cavities; also used in the form of cones for filling root canals and in the form of sticks for sealing cavities over treatment.
gutta-percha, baseplate,
n the gutta-percha combined with fillers and coloring materials and rolled into sheets that are used as temporary bases for denture construction.
gutta-percha points,
n.pl the fine, tapered cylinders of gutta-percha used, because of their radiopacity, for radiographic ascertainment of pocket depth and topography; used also as a root canal filling material.
gutta-percha, temporary stopping,
n the gutta-percha mixed with zinc oxide and white wax. Used for temporary sealing of dressings in cavities.

gutta-percha

the coagulated latex of a number of tropical trees of the family Sapotaceae; used as a dental cement and in splints.
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In 1891 came reports that problems were expected between Balait people and Iban living in the Baram over the collection of guttapercha, necessitating Hose to call the Iban back to Claudetown before problems arose (SG 1 Oct 1891:154; 2 Nov: 166).
Annals of India rubber, guttapercha, celluloid and asbestos.
Still, for the period between 1870 and 1903, the guttapercha trade had contributed 12 percent of Sarawak's exports, compared with 15 percent from mining (with 51 percent from cultivation).