dental floss
noun Date: 1910 a thread used to clean between the teeth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Dental floss — is made of either a bundle of thin nylon filaments or a plastic (Teflon or polyethylene) ribbon used to remove food and dental plaque from teeth. The floss is gently inserted between the teeth and scraped along the teeth sides, especially close… …   Wikipedia

  • dental floss — n a thread used to clean between the teeth * * * fine thread, usually of nylon, used to clean some surfaces of teeth. A thicker version is known as dental tape …   Medical dictionary

  • dental floss — n [U] thin strong string that you use for cleaning between your teeth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dental floss — dental ,floss noun uncount a substance like very thin string that you use to clean between your teeth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dental floss — ☆ dental floss n. thin, strong thread for removing food particles from between the teeth or plaque from unexposed tooth surfaces …   English World dictionary

  • dental floss — noun a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth • Syn: ↑floss • Derivationally related forms: ↑floss (for: ↑floss) • Hypernyms: ↑thread, ↑yarn …   Useful english dictionary

  • dental floss — N UNCOUNT Dental floss is a type of thread that is used to clean the gaps between your teeth. → See also floss …   English dictionary

  • dental floss — noun floss (used to clean the areas between the teeth) See Also: dental …   Wiktionary

  • dental floss — a soft, strong, waxed or unwaxed thread, usually made of nylon, for drawing between the teeth to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of plaque. Also called floss. [1905 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • dental floss — den′tal floss n. den a soft, strong thread used to dislodge food particles from between the teeth • Etymology: 1905–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • dental floss — /ˈdɛntl flɒs/ (say dentl flos) noun soft, waxed thread used for cleaning between the teeth. Also, floss …   Australian English dictionary

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