Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Inflammation of the gums, characterized by redness and swelling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, inflammation of the gums.

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  • noun pathology Inflammation of the gums or gingivae.

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  • noun inflammation of the gums

Etymologies

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gingiva +‎ -itis

Examples

  • [T] he authors of the only study that found differences in gingivitis scores (at 6, 12 and 22 months) deemed those differences clinically irrelevant ….

    Is Tooth Cleaning a Scam? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • [T] he authors of the only study that found differences in gingivitis scores (at 6, 12 and 22 months) deemed those differences clinically irrelevant ….

    Is Tooth Cleaning a Scam? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Women with periodontal disease during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies who are born too early or too small, although the evidence for this claim is mixed.7 Some pregnant women get a condition known as gingivitis that involves swollen gums; it increases the risk of periodontitis.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

  • Women with periodontal disease during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies who are born too early or too small, although the evidence for this claim is mixed.7 Some pregnant women get a condition known as gingivitis that involves swollen gums; it increases the risk of periodontitis.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

  • Most problems with "gums" have to do with poor brushing causing gingivitis, which is a red, irritated, even bloody kind of appearance.

    My Child's Tooth is Turning Dark!

  • DESCRIPTION: The most common gum affliction is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums resulting from bacterial infection under the gum line.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • What about treating gum inflammation, commonly known as gingivitis?

    SurvivalBlog.com

  • For example, if you can choose between any bland-looking toothpaste tube versus one that may be thirty cents more expensive, but that comes in an attractive package, that fights tartar, plaque and gingivitis, that is doctor-recommended and that promises to whiten your teeth and give you a fresher breath when you wake up in the morning, which one would you pick?

    Positive Psychology News Daily

  • Many studies have tied periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, to preterm birth.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Many studies have tied periodontaldiseases, such as gingivitis, to preterm birth.

    Livescience.com

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  • It really is a shame that "gingivitis" means a painful inflammation of the gums. It is such a nice word. It should refer to some kind of fizzy, gingery concoction that peps you up during the cold winter months.

    December 7, 2006