marginal gingiva


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marginal gingiva

[mär′jənəl]
Etymology: L, margo, margin, gingiva, gum
the uppermost part of the free gingiva. It overlaps the neck and base of the crown of the tooth.

marginal gingiva

The crest of the free gingiva surrounding the tooth like a collar. It is about 1 mm wide and forms the soft tissue portion of the gingival sulcus.
See also: gingiva

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.