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epulis[ep-u´lis] (pl. epu´lides) (Gr.)
any tumor of the gingiva.
giant cell epulis (epulis gigantocellula´ris) a sessile or pedunculated lesion of the gingiva, or less often the mucous membrane covering edentulous ridges; it is an inflammatory reaction to injury or hemorrhage.
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epulis(ĕp-ū′lĭs) plural.epulides [Gr. epoulis, a gumboil]
1. A fibrous sarcomatous tumor having its origin in the periosteum of the lower jaw.
2. A nonpathological softening and swelling of the gums due to hyperemia that begins during midtrimester pregnancy and subsides after delivery. In susceptible women, this condition tends to recur during subsequent pregnancies.epuloid, adjective
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