Detergent meaning

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A cleansing substance that acts similarly to soap but is made from chemical compounds rather than fats and lye.
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Having cleansing power.
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Cleansing.
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A cleansing substance; specif., a surface-active chemical preparation, as, now esp., a linear alkyl sulfonate, that is capable of emulsifying dirt or oil.
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A cleaning agent that increases the ability of water to penetrate fabric and break down greases and dirt. Detergents act like soap but, unlike soaps, they are derived from organic acids rather than fatty acids. Their molecules surround particles of grease and dirt, allowing them to be carried away.
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Any non-soap cleaning agent, especially a synthetic surfactant.
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Having the power to clean.
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Origin of detergent

  • From French détergent.

    From Wiktionary