[ floor-i-deyt, flawr-, flohr- ]
/ ˈflʊər ɪˌdeɪt, ˈflɔr-, ˈfloʊr- /
verb (used with object), fluor·i·dat·ed, fluor·i·dat·ing.
to introduce a fluoride into: to fluoridate drinking water.
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Origin of fluoridate
First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from fluoridation
OTHER WORDS FROM fluoridatede·fluor·i·date, verb (used with object), de·fluor·i·dat·ed, de·fluor·i·dat·ing.
Words nearby fluoridate
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Example sentences from the Web for fluoridate
As a means of preventing tooth decay in those cities that do fluoridate, the practice certainly looks like a success.
Dental leaders barnstormed the state, and cities began to fluoridate.
British Dictionary definitions for fluoridate
/ (ˈflʊərɪˌdeɪt) /
to subject (water) to fluoridation
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Scientific definitions for fluoridate
[ flur′ĭ-dāt′ ]
To add fluorine or a fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay.
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