Detergent

A detergent is a cleaning or wetting agent, classed as anionic if it has a negative charge and cationic if it has a positive charge.

Detergent

A detergent is a surfactant or a mixture of surfactants with `cleaning properties in dilute solutions.` These substances are usually alkylbenzenesulfonates, a family of compounds that are similar to soap but are more soluble in hard water, because the polar sulfonate (of detergents) is less likely than the polar carboxyl (of soap) to bind to cal.....
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detergent

(de-tur´jәnt) purifying or cleansing. an agent that purifies or cleanses. in biochemistry, any of a class of agents structurally consisting of a nonpolar hydrocarbon chain and a hydrophilic polar head group, which reduce the surface tension of water, emulsify, and aid in solubilization ...
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detergent

(L. detergere to cleanse) an agent which purifies or cleanses.
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detergent

[adj] - having cleansing power 2. [n] - a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering 3. [n] - a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension
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Detergent

• (a.) Cleansing; purging. • (n.) A substance which cleanses the skin, as water or soap; a medicine to cleanse wounds, ulcers, etc.
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detergent

<chemistry> An agent which purifies or cleanses. ... <cell biology> Amphipathic, surface active, molecules with polar (water soluble) and nonpolar hydrophobic) domains. They bind strongly to hydrophobic molecules or molecular domains to confer water solubility. ... Examples include: sodium dodecyl sulphate, fatty acid salts, the Triton ...
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detergent

detersive adjective having cleansing power
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Detergent

De·ter'gent adjective [ Latin detergens , -entis , present participle of detergere : confer French détergent .] Cleansing; purging. -- noun A substance which cleanses the skin, as water or soap; a medicine to cleanse wounds, ulcers, etc.
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detergent

A detergent is a cleaning or wetting agent, classed as anionic if it has a negative charge and cationic if it has a positive charge.
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Detergent

A detergent is a type of surfactant. Essentially, a detergent is any surfactant that is not a soap.
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Detergent

A petroleum based surfactant other than soap. Developed during WWII when soap making oils were scarce.
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Detergent

A soap-like emulsifer that contains a sulfate, SO3 or a phosphate group instead of a carboxylate group.
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Detergent

A soap-like emulsifer that contains a sulfate, SO3 or a phosphate group instead of a carboxylate group.
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detergent

A substance used for removing dirt. Detergents differ from soaps in that detergents are compounds that are derived from sulfur-containing organic acids.
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Detergent

A synthetic cleaning agent, it has the ability to emulsify oils and remove dirt.
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detergent

A synthetic cleansing agent resembling soap in its ability to remove a soil from a surface.
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Detergent

An agent that cleanses boils, sores, wounds etc.
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Detergent

An agent that cleanses wounds and sores of diseased or dead matter.
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detergent

any of various surface-active agents (surfactants) particularly effective in dislodging foreign matter from soiled surfaces and retaining it in ... [2 related articles]
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Detergent

Cleaning and washing agent used for the removal of soils with a composition other than soap
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Detergent

Cleaning and washing agent used for the removal of soils with a composition other than soap
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detergent

detergent (dētûr'junt, di–) , substance that aids in the removal of dirt. Detergents act mainly on the oily films that trap dirt particles. The detergent molecules have a hydrocarbon portion, soluble in oil, and an ionic portion, soluble in water. The detergent acts as an emulsi...
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detergent

detergent 1. A cleansing substance; especially, a synthetic liquid that dissolves dirt and oil. 2. A cleansing substance that acts similarly to soap but is made from chemical compounds rather than fats and lye. 3. Etymology: from 1616, from Latin detergentem, form of detergere 'to wipe away'; from de-, 'off, away' plus tergere, 'to rub, polish, w...
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Detergent

in lubrication, either an additive or a compounded lubricant having the property of keeping insoluble matter in suspension thus preventing its deposition where it would be harmful. A detergent may also redisperse deposits already formed.
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