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verb (used with object), de·o·dor·ized, de·o·dor·iz·ing.
  1. to rid of odor, especially of unpleasant odor.
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Also especially British, de·o·dor·ise.

Origin of deodorize

First recorded in 1855–60; de- + odor + -ize
Related formsde·o·dor·i·za·tion, nounde·o·dor·iz·er, nounnon·de·o·dor·iz·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for deodorizer

Historical Examples

  • Bits of charcoal in the water are helpful if a deodorizer or disinfectant is needed.

    Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets


  • My father was a deodorizer of dead dogs, my mother kept the only shop for the sale of cats'-meat in my native city.

  • Although it looks dirty, powdered charcoal sprinkled over the floor has a powerful effect as a deodorizer.

  • The nose is a filter and deodorizer, in passing through which the air is cleansed and sent pure into the lungs.

  • It is a deodorizer, all disagreeable smells leaving the skin to which it is applied; and above all it is not a poison.

    Manual of Taxidermy

    Charles Johnson Maynard

British Dictionary definitions for deodorizer



  1. (tr) to remove, disguise, or absorb the odour of, esp when unpleasant
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Derived Formsdeodorization or deodorisation, noundeodorizer or deodoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for deodorizer



1858; see de- + odor + -ize. Related: Deodorized; deodorizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

deodorizer in Medicine


  1. A substance that masks or neutralizes odors.
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  1. To mask or neutralize the odor of.
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Related formsde•o′dor•i•zation (-dər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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