Origin of detersiveFrench détersif from Classical Latin detersus, past participle of detergere: see deterge
Origin of detersiveFrench détersif from Latin dētersus past participle of dētergēre to deterge ; see deterge .
(comparative more detersive, superlative most detersive)
- Having cleansing abilities
- The powdered roots of the Guayacan (lignum vitae) have detersive properties, and were once used as a household cleaning agent.
- A cleansing agent; a detergent.
Compare French détersif.