abstergent

abstergent

[ab-stur-juhnt]
adjective
noun
3.
a cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
cleansing or scouring
 
[C17: from Latin abstergent-,abstērgens wiping off, from abs- away, off + tergēre to wipe]

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