[floo r-i-deyt, flawr-, flohr-]
- to introduce a fluoride into: to fluoridate drinking water.
Origin of fluoridate
First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from fluoridation
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Examples 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.
- to subject (water) to fluoridation
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Word Origin and History for fluoridate
1949, back-formation from fluoridation. Related: Fluoridated; fluoridating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To add fluorine or a fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay.
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