Detersive meaning

dĭ-tûrsĭv, -zĭv
Detergent.
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Detergent.
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Having cleansing abilities.

The powdered roots of the Guayacan (lignum vitae) have detersive properties, and were once used as a household cleaning agent.

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A cleansing agent; a detergent.
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Origin of detersive

  • French détersif from Latin dētersus past participle of dētergēre to deterge deterge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare French détersif.

    From Wiktionary