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fluoridate

[floo r-i-deyt, flawr-, flohr-] /ˈflʊər ɪˌdeɪt, ˈflɔr-, ˈfloʊr-/
verb (used with object), fluoridated, fluoridating.
1.
to introduce a fluoride into:
to fluoridate drinking water.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; back formation from fluoridation
Related forms
defluoridate, verb (used with object), defluoridated, defluoridating.
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  • We already fluoridate the water to prevent dental caries.
British Dictionary definitions for fluoridate

fluoridate

/ˈflʊərɪˌdeɪt/
verb
1.
to subject (water) to fluoridation
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Word Origin and History for fluoridate
v.

1949, back-formation from fluoridation. Related: Fluoridated; fluoridating.

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fluoridate in Science
fluoridate
  (flr'ĭ-dāt')   
To add fluorine or a fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay.
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