mouthwash

[ mouth-wawsh, -wosh ]
/ ˈmaʊθˌwɔʃ, -ˌwɒʃ /
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noun

a solution, often containing antiseptic, astringent, and breath-sweetening agents, used for cleansing the mouth and teeth, and for gargling.

Nearby words

  1. mouthfeel,
  2. mouthful,
  3. mouthing,
  4. mouthpart,
  5. mouthpiece,
  6. mouthwatering,
  7. mouthy,
  8. mouton,
  9. mouton enrage,
  10. moutonnée

Origin of mouthwash

First recorded in 1830–40; mouth + wash

Also called collutory, collutorium.

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British Dictionary definitions for mouthwash

mouthwash

/ (ˈmaʊθˌwɒʃ) /

noun

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

mouthwash

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mouthwash

mouthwash

[ mouthwŏsh′ ]

n.

A medicated liquid for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased mucous membranes.collutory

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