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Pronunciation: gum


  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. Water-soluble glycans, often containing uronic acids, found in many plants.

Synonym(s): gingiva

[L. gummi]

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