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Detergent   /dɪtˈərdʒənt/   Listen

A surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering.
A cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension.

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"Detergent" Quotes from Famous Books

... of lime and magnesia. In the decomposition of soap these salts form curdy and insoluble compounds containing the fatty acids of the soap and the lime and magnesia of the salts. So long as this decomposition goes on the soap is useless as a detergent, and it is only after all the lime and magnesia salts have been decomposed at the expense of the soap, that the latter begins to exert a useful effect. As soon as this is the case, however, the slightest further addition of soap produces a lather when the water is ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883 • Various

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