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Medical Term:

gingivitis

Pronunciation: jin'ji-vi'tis

Definition: Inflammation of the gingiva as a response to bacterial plaque on adjacent teeth; characterized by erythema, edema, and fibrous enlargement of the gingiva without resorption of the underlying alveolar bone.

[gingiva + G. -itis, inflammation]

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