[ dih-pil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈpɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


capable of removing hair.

noun, plural de·pil·a·to·ries.

a depilatory agent.
such an agent in a mild liquid or cream form for temporarily removing unwanted hair from the body.

Origin of depilatory

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin dēpilātōrius < Latin dēpilā(re) (see depilate) + -tōrius -tory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for depilatory


/ (dɪˈpɪlətərɪ, -trɪ) /


able or serving to remove hair

noun plural -ries

a chemical that is used to remove hair from the body
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Medicine definitions for depilatory


[ dĭ-pĭlə-tôr′ē ]


Having the capability to remove hair.


A preparation in the form of a liquid or cream that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body.epilatory
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