fluoridate

verb
fluo·​ri·​date | \ ˈflu̇r-ə-ˌdāt How to pronounce fluoridate (audio) , ˈflȯr- How to pronounce fluoridate (audio) \
fluoridated; fluoridating

Definition of fluoridate

transitive verb

: to add a fluoride to (something, such as drinking water) to reduce tooth decay

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Other Words from fluoridate

fluoridation \ ˌflu̇r-​ə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce fluoridation (audio) , ˌflȯr-​ \ noun

Examples of fluoridate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than one-third of Canadian residents get fluoridated tap water, while a small percentage of European residents do. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Study linking mother's fluoride exposure to lower IQ scores in kids raises questions," 19 Aug. 2019 At an annual cost of about $325 million, more than 70 percent of Americans now have fluoridated water. Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, "Is There Still a Good Case for Water Fluoridation?," 17 Mar. 2020 Adams County is one of 19 counties in Pennsylvania that does not have a supplier that adds fluoride or purchases fluoridated water. USA TODAY, "MLK, robot unemployment, Python Bowl: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 Now, a controversial new study links fluoridation to lower IQ in young children, especially boys whose mothers drank fluoridated water while pregnant. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy may lower IQ in sons, controversial study says," 19 Aug. 2019 Despite the clear benefit of fluoride, some studies have also challenged the belief that fluoridated drinking water stops dental decay as well as fluoride toothpaste or rinses. Jeff Donn, The Seattle Times, "Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste," 7 Aug. 2018 If your drinking water is not fluoridated, ask a medical professional whether your child needs oral fluoride supplements. Erin Gabriel, CNN, "Fewer dental cavities found in young people, but minorities still most at risk," 13 Apr. 2018 Even so, some utilities continue to fluoridate water to above the 0.7 ppm level. OregonLive.com, "Fluoride in water: When it helps vs. when it harms," 14 Dec. 2017 But the fluoride debate has been reignited by Boynton Beach’s delays in having fluoridated water back on tap. Brooke Baitinger, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Need fluoride added to your drinking water? Some cities go without it," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fluoridate

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Fluoridate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluoridate. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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fluoridate

verb
How to pronounce fluoridate (audio) How to pronounce fluoridate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fluoridate

: to add fluoride to (water or toothpaste)

fluoridate

verb
fluo·​ri·​date | \ ˈflu̇r-ə-ˌdāt How to pronounce fluoridate (audio) , ˈflȯr- \
fluoridated; fluoridating

Kids Definition of fluoridate

: to add a fluoride to

fluoridate

transitive verb
flu·​o·​ri·​date | \ ˈflu̇r-ə-ˌdāt How to pronounce fluoridate (audio) , ˈflōr- How to pronounce fluoridate (audio) , ˈflȯr- \
fluoridated; fluoridating

Medical Definition of fluoridate

: to add a fluoride to (as drinking water) to reduce tooth decay

Other Words from fluoridate

fluoridation \ ˌflu̇r-​ə-​ˈdā-​shən, ˌflōr-​, ˌflȯr-​ How to pronounce fluoridation (audio) \ noun

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