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wetting agent

noun, Chemistry
any admixture to a liquid for increasing its ability to penetrate, or spread over the surface of, a given material, especially cloth, paper, or leather.
1935-40 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wetting agent
  • Changes in solubility were observed for wetting agent.
  • The trivalent process used at the facility incorporates a wetting agent.
  • The trivalent process used at the facility does not incorporate a wetting agent.
  • Wet suppression consists of the application of water or a wetting agent in solution with water.
  • wetting agent, dispersing material such as dish washing soap.
British Dictionary definitions for wetting agent

wetting agent

(chem) any substance added to a liquid to lower its surface tension and thus increase its ability to spread across or penetrate into a solid
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Encyclopedia Article for wetting agent

chemical substance that increases the spreading and penetrating properties of a liquid by lowering its surface tension-that is, the tendency of its molecules to adhere to each other. See detergent; surface-active agent

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