de odorant


an agent for destroying odors.
a substance, often combined with an antiperspirant, for inhibiting or masking perspiration or other bodily odors.
capable of destroying odors: a deodorant cream.

1865–70; de- + odor + -ant

nondeodorant, noun, adjective Unabridged
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deodorant (diːˈəʊdərənt)
1.  a.  a substance applied to the body to suppress or mask the odour of perspiration or other body odours
 b.  Compare antiperspirant (as modifier): a deodorant spray
2.  any substance for destroying or masking odours, such as liquid sprayed into the air

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Word Origin & History

1869 (deodorize is 1858), formed in Eng. as if from L. odorem "smell." An earlier version, a perfumed powder, was called empasm (1657), from Gk. *empasma "to sprinkle on."
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deodorant de·o·dor·ant (dē-ō'dər-ənt)
An agent that masks, suppresses, or neutralizes odors, especially a cosmetic applied to the skin to mask body odors. adj.
Capable of masking, suppressing, or neutralizing odors.

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