Quick answer
"Dentífrico" is a noun which is often translated as "toothpaste", and "pasta dentífrica" is a noun which is also often translated as "toothpaste". Learn more about the difference between "dentífrico" and "pasta dentífrica" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. toothpaste
El dentífrico que utilizo limpia y blanquea los dientes.The toothpaste I use cleans and whitens teeth.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mi pasta dentífrica favorita es la que tiene sabor a menta.My favorite toothpaste is the one flavored with mint.
El gel dentífrico no deja restos entre los dientes.Tooth gel doesn't leave any residue between your teeth.
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pasta dentífrica
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. toothpaste
El dentista me recomendó una pasta dentífrica que es buena para las encías.My dentist recommended a toothpaste that is good for your gums.
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