mucogingival junction


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Related to mucogingival junction: junctional epithelium, interdental papilla

mucogingival junction

[myo̅o̅′kōjinjī′vəl]
Etymology: L, mucus + gingiva, gum, jungere, to join
the scalloped linear area of the gums that separates the free gingiva from the attached gingiva, also called the alveolar mucosa. It can be seen easily by pulling the mandibular lip outward and looking at the labial mucosa of the mandible.

mucogingival junction

A scalloped, indistinct boundary between the gingiva and the oral mucosa on the alveolar process. The coral color of gingiva may be contrasted with the more vascular oral mucosa. Also called the mucogingival line.
See also: junction

mu·co·gin·gi·val junc·tion

(myūkō-jinji-văl jungkshŭn)
Area visible in the oral cavity where the tissues forming gingiva and oral mucosa join. There is a distinct contrast in color of the two tissues; gingiva more coral pink; compared with the redder shiny alveolar mucosa.
Synonym(s): mucogingival line.

mucogingival junction, mucogingival line

the junction between gingiva attached to underlying bone and the flap overlying the tooth.