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mouthwash

[mouth-wawsh, -wosh]
noun
  1. a solution, often containing antiseptic, astringent, and breath-sweetening agents, used for cleansing the mouth and teeth, and for gargling.
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Origin of mouthwash

First recorded in 1830–40; mouth + wash
Also called collutory, collutorium.
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  • Philippa demanded, as she mixed salt and water for a mouthwash.

    Chivalry

    James Branch Cabell

  • He looked as though someone had put aluminum hydrogen sulfate in his mouthwash.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for mouthwash

mouthwash

noun
  1. a medicated aqueous solution, used for gargling and for cleansing the mouth
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Word Origin and History for mouthwash

n.

also mouth-wash, 1840, from mouth (n.) + wash (n.).

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mouthwash in Medicine

mouthwash

(mouthwŏsh′)
n.
  1. A medicated liquid for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased mucous membranes.collutory
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