Meaning of DETERGENT in English

DETERGENT

■ noun a soluble cleansing agent which combines with impurities and dirt to make them more soluble.

■ adjective relating to ~s or their action.

Derivatives

detergence noun

detergency noun

Origin

C17 (as adjective): from L. ~- , detergere , 'wipe away'.

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