A medicated liquid used for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased states of its mucous membranes. SYN: collutorium, collutory.

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mouth·wash 'mau̇th-.wȯsh, -.wäsh n a liquid preparation (as an antiseptic solution) for cleansing the mouth and teeth called also collutorium

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an aqueous solution with antiseptic, astringent, or deodorizing properties used for rinsing of the mouth and teeth. Mouthwashes are used to prevent dental caries (see also chlorhexidine, fluoride) and to treat mild throat infections.

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mouth·wash (mouthґwahsh″) a solution for rinsing the mouth, e.g., the official [NF] preparation of potassium bicarbonate, sodium borate, thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, amaranth solution, alcohol, glycerin, and purified water.

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