a paste, powder, liquid, or other preparation for cleaning the teeth.

Origin of dentifrice

1550–60; < Middle French < Latin dentifricium tooth powder, equivalent to denti- denti- + fric(āre) to rub + -ium -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any substance, esp paste or powder, for use in cleaning the teeth

Word Origin for dentifrice

C16: from Latin dentifricium tooth powder, from dent-, dens tooth + fricāre to rub
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Word Origin and History for dentifrice

early 15c., from Middle French dentifrice (15c.), from Latin dentifricium "powder for rubbing the teeth," from dens (genitive dentis) "tooth" (see tooth) + fricare "to rub" (see friction).

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dentifrice in Medicine




A substance, such as a paste or powder, for cleaning the teeth.
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