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fluoridation

[floo r-i-dey-shuh n, flawr-, flohr-] /ˌflʊər ɪˈdeɪ ʃən, ˌflɔr-, ˌfloʊr-/
noun
1.
the addition of fluorides to the public water supply to reduce the incidence of tooth decay.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; fluoride + -ation
Related forms
antifluoridation, noun, adjective
defluoridation, noun
Can be confused
fluorescent, fluoridation, fluoride.
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Examples from the web for fluoridation
  • Some water needs no additional fluoridation to be effective against tooth decay.
  • The following are some commonly asked questions about fluoridation and its uses.
  • Community water fluoridation provides protection against tooth decay in populations with limited access to prevention services.
British Dictionary definitions for fluoridation

fluoridation

/ˌflʊərɪˈdeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the addition of about one part per million of fluorides to the public water supply as a protection against tooth decay
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Word Origin and History for fluoridation
n.

1904, from fluoride + -ation. In reference to adding traces of fluoride to drinking water as a public health policy, from 1949.

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fluoridation in Medicine

fluoridation fluor·i·da·tion (flur'ĭ-dā'shən, flôr'-)
n.
The addition of a fluorine compound to drinking water for the purpose of reducing tooth decay.


fluor'i·date' v.
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