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[dee-oh-der-uh nt] /diˈoʊ dər ənt/
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.
Origin of deodorant
1865-70; de- + odor + -ant
Related forms
nondeodorant, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deodorant
  • It's more than the smell of baking asphalt, exhaust fumes, and lack of deodorant-these smells are around all year.
  • No deodorant was potent enough to stop this persistent odor, which took about a whole day to subside.
  • deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush are crucial to ensure your comfort and to avoid offending those around you.
  • They even came out with a pump bottle for deodorant.
  • Most drugs come in the mail, hidden under a stick of deodorant or something.
  • deodorant poisoning occurs when someone swallows deodorant.
  • He desperately needs a bath and a deodorant, and he's so big and heavy that he breaks chairs, floors and ceilings.
  • Three-blade razors are now as common as contoured toothbrushes and deodorant body spray.
  • Never skimp on that, and you should never skimp on dish washing detergent or deodorant.
British Dictionary definitions for deodorant


  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
any substance for destroying or masking odours, such as liquid sprayed into the air
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Word Origin and History for deodorant

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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deodorant in Medicine

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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