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gum

 [gum]
1. a mucilaginous excretion of various plants.
karaya gum (sterculia gum) see karaya gum.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

gum

(gŭm),
1. The dried exuded sap from a number of trees and shrubs, forming an amorphous brittle mass; it usually forms a mucilaginous solution in water and is often used as a suspending agent in liquid preparations of insoluble drugs.
2. ☆ official atlternate term for gingiva
3. Water-soluble glycans, often containing uronic acids, found in many plants.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

gum 1

(gŭm)
n.
1.
a. Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and trees and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.
b. A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.
c. Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
2. A substance resembling the viscous substance exuded by certain plants, as in stickiness.

gum 2

(gŭm)
n.
The firm connective tissue covered by mucous membrane that envelops the alveolar arches of the jaw and surrounds the bases of the teeth. Also called gingiva.
tr.v. gummed, gumming, gums
To chew (food) with toothless gums.
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gum

Herbal medicine
A tree from Africa that produces a resinous sap, which has been used for treating sore throat, coughs and diarrhoea.
 
Vox populi
See Chewing gum.
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gum

Tobacco control See Nicotine gum.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gum

(gŭm)
1. The dried exuded sap from a variety of trees and shrubs, forming an amorphous brittle mass; usually forms a mucilaginous solution in water.
2. Synonym(s): gingiva.
[L. gummi]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

GUM

Abbrev for genitourinary medicine. This specialty has absorbed and replaced the former discipline known as venereology.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

gum

(gŭm)
1. Synonym(s): gingiva.
2. Dried exuded sap from various trees and shrubs, forming an amorphous brittle mass; usually forms a mucilaginous solution in water and is often used as a suspending agent in liquid preparations of insoluble drugs.
3. Water-soluble glycans, often containing uronic acids, found in many plants.
[L. gummi]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about gum

Q. What are the opportunities to restore gums? My gum on the lower jaw gets less and less, opening the roots of my teeth. Is there any technology or recurement to stop it and, hopefully, draw back?

A. Treatment of receding gums start with treating the cause - improving overall oral hygiene, including brushing habits (too powerful brushing may damage the gums), as well as periodic tooth cleaning at the dentist.

More sever situation may necessitate treatments done by a dentist. Consulting one may be wise.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1136.htm

Q. Is it dangerous to swallow a bubble gum? My 4 year old child always swallows his chewing gum and I am worried that it can harm him

A. what about when your 45 yrs old and still swallowing gum? we had a debate with my older sister about this.

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