Floss

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Description

1) A short, loosely twisted thread of cotton or silk used in embroidery and in the binding of single section pamphlets.

2) A strand of synthetic polymer, either Teflon® or nylon, produced commercially for cleaning teeth. The surface is usually coated with wax. Unwaxed dental floss is used in conservation for cleaning narrow crevices.
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Synonyms and Related Terms

1) Zahnseide (Deut.); tandzijde (Ned.); tandtråd (Sven.); vloszijde (Ned); floretzijde (Ned);

2) seda dental (Esp.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998