[mouth-wawsh, -wosh]
a solution, often containing antiseptic, astringent, and breath-sweetening agents, used for cleansing the mouth and teeth, and for gargling.
Also called collutory, collutorium.

1830–40; mouth + wash Unabridged
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mouthwash (ˈmaʊθˌwɒʃ)
a medicated aqueous solution, used for gargling and for cleansing the mouth

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mouthwash mouth·wash (mouth'wŏsh')
A medicated liquid for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased mucous membranes. Also called collutory.

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