mouthwash

noun

mouth·​wash ˈmau̇th-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce mouthwash (audio)
-ˌwäsh
: a usually antiseptic liquid preparation for cleaning the mouth and teeth or freshening the breath

Examples of mouthwash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His attorney told a judge that the reading was caused by mouthwash, according to an account of the hearing in the Peninsula Clarion, which first reported the arrest and the aftermath. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 To go one step further, whitening mouthwashes wash out germs, freshen breath and brighten teeth, all at once. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2023 No, that mouthwash aims to do too much in that sentence. Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 Our toothpaste & mouthwash tablets contain clean ingredients including; N-HA to keep teeth safe from decay, xylitol to ward off unwelcome bacteria and coconut oil to keep gums happy and healthy. Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 14 Aug. 2023 Chewing gum or using mouthwash might provide a brief respite but won't remove the traces of this compound entirely. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 Factors such as oral hygiene practices or the use of certain mouthwashes can potentially interfere with test results. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 That included multiple rinses of mouthwash and a refusal to open his mouth during the kiss, as revealed in the journals of Hudson’s friend George Nader. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 27 June 2023 Some brands also suggest soaking them in denture cleaner or mouthwash. Good Housekeeping, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mouthwash was in 1840

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“Mouthwash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouthwash. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

mouthwash

noun
mouth·​wash ˈmau̇th-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce mouthwash (audio)
-ˌwäsh
: a liquid that usually kills germs and is used to clean the mouth and teeth and freshen the breath

Medical Definition

mouthwash

noun
: a liquid preparation (as an antiseptic solution) for cleansing the mouth and teeth

called also collutorium

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