an·​ti·​per·​spi·​rant | \ -ˈpər-sp(ə-)rənt \

Definition of antiperspirant 

: a preparation used to reduce perspiration

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The difference between antiperspirant and deodorant is that the former prevents you from sweating, while the latter only tackles body odor. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This Is the Best Natural Deodorant No One's Talking About," 12 Dec. 2018 This roll-on, easy-to-use antiperspirant blocks out sweat, minus the irritation, says our tester. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Best Deodorants and Antiperspirants for Sensitive Skin, According to Dermatologists," 5 Feb. 2018 Typically, when clinical-strength antiperspirants aren't enough to minimize underarm sweat, the next-step treatments have been limited, expensive, and sometimes uncomfortable. Marci Robin, Allure, "The FDA Has Approved Qbrexza Cloths to Treat Excessive Underarm Sweating," 2 July 2018 For a little more coverage, roll on some antiperspirant in your most sensitive areas. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "How to Prevent and Treat That Annoying Rash Between Your Thighs," 6 July 2018 It’s as simple as using an antiperspirant like Recipe for Men’s to combat funky smells and underarm sweat in one. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The GQ Grooming Guide for College Graduates," 17 May 2018 Some companies make a product that is both an antiperspirant and a deodorant. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Keeping dry in the summertime," 25 Apr. 2018 For example, Roberts pointed to the 6.25 percent sales tax on regular deodorant in Texas, as opposed to deodorant with antiperspirant, which is not taxed, and the tax exemption for yarn earmarked specifically for sweaters in New Jersey. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Why the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling May Benefit Amazon," 21 June 2018 Today, only the stick deodorant (but never the antiperspirant) remains in the lineup, specifically for travel. Adam Tschorn,, "Image Letters: Readers share their own memories of Old Spice — and their fathers," 20 June 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of antiperspirant

: a substance that is used to prevent sweating


an·​ti·​per·​spi·​rant | \ ˌan-ti-ˈpər-spə-rənt, -sprənt\

Kids Definition of antiperspirant

: a substance that is used to prevent sweating


an·​ti·​per·​spi·​rant | \ ˌant-i-ˈpər-sp(ə-)rənt, ˌan-ˌtī- \

Medical Definition of antiperspirant 

: a cosmetic preparation used to check excessive perspiration

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