surface-active

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surface-active
 
adj
See also surfactant (of a substance, esp a detergent) capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid, usually water

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surface-active adj.
Of, relating to, or being a substance capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. Used especially of detergents.

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