deterge

deterge

[dih-turj]
verb (used with object), deterged, deterging.
1.
to wipe or wash away; cleanse.
2.
to cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound.

Origin:
1615–25; (< F) < Latin dētergēre to wipe off, equivalent to dē- de- + tergēre to wipe

detergency, noun
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deterge (dɪˈtɜːdʒ)
 
vb
(tr) to wash or wipe away; cleanse: to deterge a wound
 
[C17: from Latin dētergēre to wipe away, from de- + tergēre to wipe]

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deterge
1620s, from Fr. déterger, from L. detergere (see detergent).
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