synthetic detergent


synthetic detergent
any synthetic substance, other than soap, that is an effective cleanser and functions equally well as a surface-active agent in hard or soft water.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • detergent — [17] A detergent is literally something that ‘wipes away’. The word comes 161 devil from dētergent , the present participial stem of Latin dētergēre, a compound verb formed from dē ‘away’ and tergēre ‘wipe’ (its past participle produced English… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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  • detergent — 1. Cleansing. 2. A cleansing or purging agent, usually salts of long chain aliphatic bases or acids ( e.g., quaternary ammonium or sulfonic acid compounds) which, through a surface action that depends on their possessing both hydrophilic and… …   Medical dictionary

  • detergent — I. adjective Date: 1616 that cleanses ; cleansing < a detergent oil > II. noun Date: 1676 a cleansing agent: as a. soap b. any of numerous synthetic water soluble or liquid organic preparations that are chemically different from soaps but are… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • detergent — de•ter•gent [[t]dɪˈtɜr dʒənt[/t]] n. 1) chem. any synthetic organic cleaning agent that is liquid or water soluble and has wetting agent and emulsifying properties 2) chem. a similar substance that is oil soluble, used in lubricating oils, dry… …   From formal English to slang

  • detergent — n. & adj. n. a cleansing agent, esp. a synthetic substance (usu. other than soap) used with water as a means of removing dirt etc. adj. cleansing, esp. in the manner of a detergent. Etymology: L detergere (as DE , tergere ters wipe) …   Useful english dictionary

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