dentifrice

noun

den·​ti·​frice ˈden-tə-frəs How to pronounce dentifrice (audio)
: a powder, paste, or liquid for cleaning the teeth

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dentifrice was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dentifrice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dentifrice. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dentifrice

noun
den·​ti·​frice ˈdent-ə-frəs How to pronounce dentifrice (audio)
: a powder, paste, or liquid for cleaning the teeth

Medical Definition

dentifrice

noun
den·​ti·​frice ˈdent-ə-frəs How to pronounce dentifrice (audio)
: a powder, paste, or liquid for cleaning the teeth

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