dentifrice

noun
den·ti·frice | \ˈden-tə-frəs \

Definition of dentifrice 

: a powder, paste, or liquid for cleaning the teeth

First Known Use of dentifrice

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentifrice

Middle English dentifricie, from Latin dentifricium, from denti- + fricare to rub — more at friction

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dentifrice

noun
den·ti·frice | \ˈdent-ə-frəs \

Medical Definition of dentifrice 

: a powder, paste, or liquid for cleaning the teeth

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