fluoridate 1949, back formation from FLUORIDATION (Cf. fluoridation). Related: Fluoridated; fluoridating.

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  • fluoridate — v. t. To subject to fluoridation, as of water; to add fluoride to. Syn: fluoridize. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fluoridate — ► VERB ▪ add traces of fluorides to (something, especially a water supply). DERIVATIVES fluoridation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • fluoridate — ☆ fluoridate [flôr′ə dāt΄, floor′ə dāt΄ ] vt. fluoridated, fluoridating to add fluorides to (a supply of drinking water) in order to reduce the incidence of caries in the teeth fluoridation [flôr΄ədā′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • fluoridate — UK [ˈflɔːrɪdeɪt] / US [ˈflʊrɪˌdeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms fluoridate : present tense I/you/we/they fluoridate he/she/it fluoridates present participle fluoridating past tense fluoridated past participle fluoridated to add fluoride to water …   English dictionary

  • fluoridate — /floor i dayt , flawr , flohr /, v.t., fluoridated, fluoridating. to introduce a fluoride into: to fluoridate drinking water. [1945 50; back formation from FLUORIDATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • fluoridate — fluor•i•date [[t]ˈflʊər ɪˌdeɪt, ˈflɔr , ˈfloʊr [/t]] v. t. dat•ed, dat•ing chem. to introduce a fluoride into: to fluoridate drinking water[/ex] • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • fluoridate — transitive verb ( dated; dating) Date: 1949 to add a fluoride to (as drinking water) to reduce tooth decay • fluoridation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fluoridate — verb To add fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to reduce tooth decay. See Also: fluoridation, fluorinate …   Wiktionary

  • fluoridate — flu·o·ri·date flu̇r ə .dāt, flōr , flȯr vt, dat·ed; dat·ing to add a fluoride to (as drinking water) to reduce tooth decay flu·o·ri·da·tion .flu̇r ə dā shən, .flōr , .flȯr n …   Medical dictionary

  • fluoridate — flu|o|ri|date [ˈfluərıdeıt US ˈflur ,ˈflo:r ] v [T] to add fluoride to the water supply >fluoridation [ˌfluərıˈdeıʃən US ˌflur , ˌflo:r ] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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