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gingiva

 [jin-ji´vah, jin´jĭ-vah] (pl. gin´givae) (L.)
the part of the oral mucosa covering the tooth-bearing border of the jaw; called also gum.
Anatomical relationship of normal gingiva in facial view (A) and in cross-section (B). From Darby and Walsh, 1994.
alveolar gingiva attached gingiva.
areolar gingiva the portion attached to the alveolar process by loose areolar connective tissue.
attached gingiva that portion of the gingiva which is firm and resilient and is bound to the underlying cementum and the alveolar bone, thus being immovable. Called also alveolar gingiva.
free gingiva the portion that surrounds the tooth and is not directly attached to the tooth surface.

free gin·gi·va

that portion of the gingiva that surrounds the tooth and is not directly attached to the tooth surface; the outer wall of the gingival sulcus.

free gingiva

the unattached portion of the gum coronal to the junctional epithelium. It encircles each tooth and forms a gingival sulcus or crevice.

free gin·gi·va

(frē jin'ji-vă)
That portion of the gingiva that surrounds the tooth but is not directly attached to the tooth surface; the outer wall of the gingival sulcus.

free gin·gi·va

(frē jin'ji-vă)
Portion of gingiva that surrounds a tooth and is not directly attached to tooth surface; outer wall of the gingival sulcus.

free gingiva,

gingiva

pl. gingivae [L.] the gum.

alveolar gingiva
the portion overlying the alveolar process and firmly attached to it.
areolar gingiva
the portion attached to the alveolar process by loose areolar connective tissue.
free gingiva
the portion that surrounds the tooth and is not directly attached to the tooth surface.