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Definition of Toilet

Toilet: 1. In medicine, cleansing of a wound and the skin around it. 2. In obstetrics, cleansing of a woman just after childbirth. 3. In dentistry, the cleaning out of a cavity before a restoration. 4. A device for the disposal of urine and feces. Or the room containing such a device.

The word toilet comes from the French toilette which originally designated a dressing table covered with cloth (toile) and lace and on which stood a mirror. Today, toilette in French refers to the ensemble of bathing, grooming the hair, and dressing.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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