tooth·​paste | \ ˈtüth-ˌpāst \

Definition of toothpaste

: a paste for cleaning the teeth

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And though, sure, some of them are totally bogus (lookin’ at you, toothpaste spot treatments), others are really, truly excellent, as one acne-prone Reddit user discovered after slathering rosehip oil over her face to treat her zits. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Rosehip Oil Got Rid of This Woman's Acne in Only 3 Weeks," 9 July 2018 Some perceive this as undermining those ineffable elements that make wine different from, say, toothpaste. Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018 Not that Chris regards toothpaste-squirting as beneath him. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014 Stalls selling shoes, handbags, toothpaste and half-price stereo systems are illuminated in the gloom, while the smell of soap mixed with cheap perfume fills the air. The Economist, "Singapore’s Brutalist past could soon be gone," 31 May 2018 On Tuesday, Emma Walmsley agreed to pay $13 billion for Novartis AG’s stake in the companies’ consumer healthcare joint venture, which owns brands like Sensodyne toothpaste and Nicorette nicotine patches. Chris Hughes,, "Glaxo's purchase of Novartis consumer drugs shows Emma Walmsley's dealmaking skills," 27 Mar. 2018 The company, which makes Head & Shoulders shampoo, Crest toothpaste and Gillette razors, posted an earnings gain of 10 percent to $1.19 a share, excluding some items., "P&G’s Modest Growth Has Investors Waiting for Clearer Comeback," 23 Jan. 2018 The window starts when a dieter firsts ingest something that isn’t toothpaste and ends with the last bite or sip of beverage that isn’t water at the end of the day. Shamard Charles, NBC News, "Time-restricted eating can help with weight loss, researchers say," 17 Jan. 2018 The other kinds of at-home whiteners — whitening toothpastes or rinses — use polishing and other non-bleach agents to either scrub off or chemically remove stains that are closer to the surface. Abbie Kozolchyk, Good Housekeeping, "Best Tips and Tools to Whiten Your Smile," 7 Jan. 2011

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toothpaste was in 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of toothpaste

: a substance that is used for cleaning teeth


tooth·​paste | \ ˈtüth-ˌpāst \

Kids Definition of toothpaste

: a paste for cleaning the teeth


tooth·​paste | \ -ˌpāst \

Medical Definition of toothpaste

: a paste for cleaning the teeth

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