Toothpaste is a dentifrice.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English dentifricie ; from Classical Latin dentifricium, tooth powder ; from dens, tooth plush fricare, to rub: see friable
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Latin dentifricium : denti-, denti- + fricāre, to rub.
dentifrice - Medical Definition