noun, often attributive
fluo·​ride | \ ˈflȯr-ˌīd How to pronounce fluoride (audio) , ˈflu̇r- How to pronounce fluoride (audio) \

Definition of fluoride

1 : a compound of fluorine
2 : the monovalent anion of fluorine

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Examples of fluoride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fair was set to offer free flu shots for children and adults, free school supplies, dental screenings, fluoride varnishes for children and other community and educational services. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Uptick in COVID-19 cases forces last-minute cancellation of Plano health fair this weekend," 16 Oct. 2020 Finally, the cities add fluoride to the water to improve dental health, which has been required in Minnesota since 1970. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "How do cities make Mississippi River water safe to drink?," 9 Oct. 2020 Anarchy is in the water here, like fluoride, and toilet alligators. Jason Gay, WSJ, "‘Anarchy’ Is Not a New York City Crisis. It’s a Lifestyle.," 2 Oct. 2020 In the May 2013 special election, when the highest profile ballot measure asked Portland voters whether fluoride should be added to the city’s drinking water, countywide turnout reached 28% as of the day before the Tuesday election. oregonlive, "Voter turnout for Portland City Council race between Dan Ryan, Loretta Smith at 32%," 11 Aug. 2020 This should include brushing regularly, flossing (or use interdental brushes or a water flosser), using a fluoride or chlorhexidine mouthwash and keeping a low sugar intake (as the harmful mouth bacteria feed on sugar). Katie Hunt, CNN, "Gum health could be a risk factor for dementia, study suggests," 29 July 2020 After the first phase, scheduled through next week, Chen will decide whether fluoride poses an unreasonable risk in drinking water. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trial underway in SF could remove fluoride from drinking water," 8 June 2020 About 200 million Americans, nearly two-thirds of the population, drink water containing fluoride to fight tooth decay. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trial underway in SF could remove fluoride from drinking water," 8 June 2020 Instead, prioritize brands that incorporate both natural ingredients and fluoride. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Natural Beauty Products for Your Dopp Kit," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fluoride

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fluoride was in 1826

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21 Oct 2020

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“Fluoride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluoride. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fluoride

: a chemical that is sometimes added to drinking water and toothpaste to help keep teeth healthy


fluo·​ride | \ ˈflȯr-ˌīd How to pronounce fluoride (audio) , ˈflu̇r- \

Kids Definition of fluoride

: a compound of fluorine Many toothpastes contain fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.


flu·​o·​ride | \ ˈflu̇(-ə)r-ˌīd How to pronounce fluoride (audio) \

Medical Definition of fluoride

1 : a compound of fluorine with a more electropositive element or radical
2 : the monovalent anion of fluorine

Other Words from fluoride

fluoride adjective

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