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Meaning of DETERGENT

Pronunciation:  di'turjunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension
  2. [n]  a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
  3. [adj]  having cleansing power

DETERGENT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: detersive, purifying
 See Also: anionic, anionic detergent, cationic detergent, cleaner, cleanser, cleansing agent, dishwasher detergent, dishwashing detergent, dishwashing liquid, invert soap, laundry detergent, liquid detergent, non-ionic detergent, SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulphate, surface-active agent, surfactant, wetter, wetting agent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*ter"gent\, a. [L. detergens, -entis, p. pr. of
detergere: cf. F. d['e]tergent.]
Cleansing; purging. -- n. A substance which cleanses the
skin, as water or soap; a medicine to cleanse wounds, ulcers,

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or using detergent in your dream indicates that you need to resolve a major problem in your life. You may also need to clean up your image and attitude.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A substance which has a nonpolar, hydrophobic part (avoids water) and a polar, hydrophilic part (attracted to water). It can dissolve fats and oils (collectively, lipids) with the hydrophilic end, and as a result can increase the cleaning abilities of its solvents (whatever it's dissolved in).
  2. A detergent is a cleaning or wetting agent, classed as anionic if it has a negative charge and cationic if it has a positive charge.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abstergent, cathartic, cleaner, cleaning, cleaning agent, cleaning solvent, cleanser, cleansing, cleansing cream, cold cream, cream, dentifrice, depurant, depurative, diuretic, emetic, enema, expurgatory, holystone, lotion, lustral, mouthwash, nauseant, pumice stone, purgative, purge, purging, purificatory, purifier, purifying, rinse, shampoo, soap, solvent, surfactant, synthetic detergent, tooth powder, toothpaste, wash, washing