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abstergent

[ab-stur-juh nt] /æbˈstɜr dʒənt/
adjective
1.
2.
noun
3.
a cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin abstergent-, stem of abstergēns, present participle of abstergēre to wipe off, equivalent to abs- abs- + tergēre to wipe; see -ent
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abstergent

/əbˈstɜːdʒənt/
adjective
1.
cleansing or scouring
Word Origin
C17: from Latin abstergent-,abstērgens wiping off, from abs- away, off + tergēre to wipe
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