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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Origin of dental floss
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called floss.
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British Dictionary definitions for dental floss
a soft usually flattened often waxed thread for cleaning the teeth and the spaces between them
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Medicine definitions for dental floss
A waxed or unwaxed thread used to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth.
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