transitive verb-·terged′, -·terg′ing
to cleanse (a wound, etc.)
Origin of detergeClassical Latin detergere, to wipe off from de-, off, from + tergere, to wipe, cleanse from Indo-European an unverified form terg- from base an unverified form ter-: see throw
transitive verbde·terged, de·terg·ing, de·terg·es
To wash or wipe off (a wound, for example); cleanse.
Origin of detergeFrench déterger from Latin dētergēre dē- de- tergēre to wipe
(third-person singular simple present deterges, present participle deterging, simple past and past participle deterged)