(From upon, and the gums).
Vogel describes it, "a tubercle on the gums without inflammation."- Of these there are two species; one without pain, the other troublesome, and often degenerating into a cancer; some have a broad basis, and others a slender neck, by which they are united to the gums.
The best method of cure is totally to extirpate them. When they have a small neck, or root, they may be separated by a thread; but when the basis is broad, it may be destroyed with the aqua kali, or a solution of sal ammoniac. If these mild corrosives fail, it is better to use the knife than to employ the stronger ones.
After the tumour is extirpated, the mouth should be washed with red wine, or oxycrate with alum; and when the blood ceases to flow, the honey of roses may be applied. See Turner's Surgery, vol. i. p. 210. Heister's Surgery.