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dental floss

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noun

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.

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RELATED WORDS

floss

Nearby words

dental caries, dental clinic, dental crypt, dental cuticle, dental dam, dental floss, dental follicle, dental forceps, dental formula, dental granuloma, dental hygienist

Origin of dental floss

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called floss.
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British Dictionary definitions for dental floss

dental floss


noun

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

Medicine definitions for dental floss

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.