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deodorant

[dee-oh-der-uh nt] /diˈoʊ dər ənt/
noun
1.
an agent for destroying odors.
2.
a substance, often combined with an antiperspirant, for inhibiting or masking perspiration or other bodily odors.
adjective
3.
capable of destroying odors:
a deodorant cream.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; de- + odor + -ant
Related forms
nondeodorant, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for de-odorant

deodorant

/diːˈəʊdərənt/
noun
1.
  1. a substance applied to the body to suppress or mask the odour of perspiration or other body odours
  2. (as modifier): a deodorant spray Compare antiperspirant
2.
any substance for destroying or masking odours, such as liquid sprayed into the air
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Word Origin and History for de-odorant

deodorant

n.

1848, originally of substances to quell the odor of manure, formed in English as if from de- + Latin odorem "smell" (see odor (n.)). In reference to a substance to be used on the human body, from 1860. An earlier version, a perfumed powder, was called empasm (1650s), from Greek *empasma "to sprinkle on."

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de-odorant in Medicine

deodorant de·o·dor·ant (dē-ō'dər-ənt)
n.
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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