Meaning of DETERGENT in English

DETERGENT

I. adjective Date: 1616 that cleanses ; cleansing , II. noun Date: 1676 a cleansing agent: as, soap , any of numerous synthetic water-soluble or liquid organic preparations that are chemically different from soaps but are able to emulsify oils, hold dirt in suspension, and act as wetting agents, an oil-soluble substance that holds insoluble foreign matter in suspension and is used in lubricating oils and dry-cleaning solvents

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