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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dentifrice a substance for cleaning the teeth; applied with a toothbrush
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dentifrice A powder or other substance to be used in cleaning the teeth; tooth powder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dentifrice A powder or other substance used in cleaning of the teeth. The term is now also applied to liquid preparations for the same purpose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dentifrice den′ti-fris a substance used in rubbing or cleaning the teeth.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dentifricium,; dens, dentis, tooth + fricare, to rub: cf. F. dentifrice,. See Tooth, and Friction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. dentifricium, from dens, and fricāre, to rub.


In literature:

The ashes of stale bread, thoroughly burned, is said to make a good dentifrice.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
If a man admires a woman's teeth, she gets new kinds of dentifrice and constantly endeavours to add to their whiteness.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Therefore the frequent use of oranges as a dentifrice is a habit of great value.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
The "tooth washes," "powders," and "dentifrices," are hurtful.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
A dentifrice or mouth wash should be alkaline.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
He seems to recommend the powder dentifrices as more efficacious.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
That earlier lady of the closed casement and the white rose probably never even heard of a dentifrice or a cold shower.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
The most popular dentifrice of the day is SOZODONT.
"The Youth's Companion" by Various
In Europe a favourite dentifrice is prepared from the areca-nut.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
When we read the composition of the tooth-powders and dentifrices used in early colonial days, we wonder that they had any teeth left to scour.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
The last form, perhaps, the very best natural dentifrice known.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Comprising 1 bottle refreshing dentifrice, 1 cake scented soap, 1 bottle Eau de Cologne (warranted made in England), 1 tube face cream.
"Punch or the London Charivari, September 9, 1914" by Various
As a dentifrice it is used in many parts of the world.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
Antiseptic mouth-washes and dentifrices are also indicated.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles

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Detecting Microbial Contamination in Dentifrices.
Detecting Microbial Contamination in Dentifrices