Definition of fluoridate in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈflʊərɪdeɪt/
Pronunciation: /ˈflɔːrɪdeɪt/


[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.



Pronunciation: /flʊərɪˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /flɔːrɪˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/
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.


1940s: back-formation from earlier fluoridation.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: fluor¦id|ate

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.