Definition of dentifrice in English:


Pronunciation /ˈden(t)əfrəs/ /ˈdɛn(t)əfrəs/

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  • A paste or powder for cleaning the teeth.

    ‘here's a dentifrice with real action’
    • ‘They washed their teeth and cleaned them with tooth powders (dentifrices).’
    • ‘Some forms of tobacco dentifrice include roasted and powdered tobacco, a paste made of tobacco and molasses, and a rinse of tobacco water (made by passing tobacco smoke through water).’
    • ‘Women in the state of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, commonly use mishri (pyrolysed and powdered tobacco), and its initial use is as a dentifrice.’
    • ‘Unlocking the tube and squeezing some of the bright-orange dentifrice out, I raised the brush to my mouth and commenced extreme cleaning.’
    • ‘Various tobacco products are used as dentifrice in different parts of India.’


Late Middle English from French, from Latin dentifricium, from dens, dent- ‘tooth’ + fricare ‘to rub’.