Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Guttapercha


noun \ˌgə-tə-ˈpər-chə\

: a tough plastic substance from the latex of several Malaysian trees (genera Payena and Palaquium) of the sapodilla (Sapotaceae) family that resembles rubber but contains more resin and is used especially as insulation and in dentistry in temporary fillings and as a permanent filling in root canals.


Malay gĕtah-pĕrcha, from gĕtah sap, latex + pĕrcha scrap, rag

First Known Use: 1845
Tags: g, malay, medical, noun, wordsmith: med_cat

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