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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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Also called floss.

Origin of dental floss

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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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

Medical 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.
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