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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.
Origin of dental floss
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for dental-floss

dental floss

a soft usually flattened often waxed thread for cleaning the teeth and the spaces between them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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dental-floss in Medicine

dental floss n.
A waxed or unwaxed thread used to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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