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Pronunciation: gut'a-per'cha

Definition: The coagulated, purified, dried, milky juice of trees of the genera Palaquium (especially P. gutta and Payena (family Sapotaceae); a polyterpene-containing a trans isomer of rubber used as a filling material in dentistry, and in the manufacture of splints and electrical insulators; a solution is used as a substitute for collodion, as a protective, and to seal incised wounds.

[Malay gatah, gum, + percha, the name of a tree]

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