Definition of fluoridate in English:

fluoridate

Line breaks: fluor¦id|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈflʊərɪdeɪt
 
, ˈflɔː-/

verb

[with object]
  • Add traces of fluorides to (something): (as adjective fluoridated) fluoridated toothpaste
    More example sentences
    • When water is fluoridated, chemicals that release fluoride are added to the water.
    • Toothpastes may contain ‘stannous fluoride,’ and municipal water supplies are often fluoridated.
    • You should also supervise your young child's toothbrushing sessions to make sure that he doesn't swallow toothpaste or other fluoridated products.

Derivatives

fluoridation

noun
More example sentences
  • In addition to fluoridation of water supplies, toothpaste and mouthwash also contain added fluoride.
  • Fluoride used in water fluoridation is a poison, a toxic by-product of the fertiliser industry.
  • In 35 years of fluoridation no Irish Government has ever established our total daily fluoride intake from all sources.

Origin

1940s: back-formation from earlier fluoridation.

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