Every hundred gallons of Thames water destroy in this way thirty ounces of soap before becoming a detergent.
Formerly used to make an astringent and detergent lotion:—1 oz.
Oxymel of verdigris is stimulant, detergent, and escharotic.
Hot water is itself a detergent; that is, it has the power of dissolving dirt.
Uses, &c. Stimulant and detergent; very useful in indolent ulcerations, scald-head, and various foul eruptions.
In the case of weak-bodied soap, this addition gives firmness and tends to increase the detergent qualities.
When fetor exists, as during the detachment of patches of exudation, antiseptic and detergent sprays may be employed.
Gingerly she sat him down on a stool, and with detergent and water she began removing the mud.
The bark of Quillaia saponaria renders water frothy and is used as a detergent by wool dyers.
Tincture of iodine locally, detergent washes, and the like, often secure a certain amount of comfort as palliatives.
1610s, from Latin detergentem (nominative detergens), present participle of detergere "to wipe away, cleanse," from de- "off, away" (see de-) + tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Originally a medical term, application to "chemical cleansing product" is from 1938.
"detergent substance," 1670s, from detergent (adj.).
detergent de·ter·gent (dĭ-tûr'jənt)
A cleansing substance that acts similarly to soap but is made from chemical compounds rather than fats and lye. adj.
Having cleansing power.
A cleaning agent that increases the ability of water to penetrate fabric and break down greases and dirt. Detergents act like soap but, unlike soaps, they are derived from organic acids rather than fatty acids. Their molecules surround particles of grease and dirt, allowing them to be carried away. Compare soap.