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dental floss

a soft, strong, waxed or unwaxed thread, usually made of nylon, for drawing between the teeth to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of plaque.
Also called floss.
Origin of dental floss
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dental floss
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  • The use of dental floss is fully as important as the use of a tooth brush.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • dental floss is generally needed to remove particles that have lodged between the teeth.

  • In addition to our linked fingers, the psychic's hands were tied to ours with dental floss.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • The use of dental floss silk between the teeth, provided care is taken not to press it against the gums, is also helpful.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for dental floss

dental floss

a soft usually flattened often waxed thread for cleaning the teeth and the spaces between them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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dental floss in Medicine

dental floss n.
A waxed or unwaxed thread used to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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