wetting agent

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wet·ting agent

A substance that reduces the surface tension of water or another liquid, causing the liquid to spread across or penetrate more easily the surface of a solid.

wetting agent

(Chemistry) 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

wet′ting a′gent

any admixture to a liquid for increasing its ability to penetrate, or spread over the surface of, a given material, esp. cloth, paper, or leather.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wetting agent - a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved
emulsifier - a surface-active agent that promotes the formation of an emulsion
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
detergent - a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
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But if a contaminated solution is used after disinfection (as a rinse or wetting agent or eye drops), or if it is used with chemical disinfection of the lenses, the microorganisms can enter the eye and cause serious infections.
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Strongly stable in both acid and alkaline media, this rosin acid dispersion is said to offer unique properties to the formulator or as a wetting agent where non-foaming is critical, according to the company.
The wetting agent acts as a solvent and cleansing agent, supporting one of the main purposes of wet wipes--to cleanse the skin.
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A non-APEO pigment wetting agent for water-based coatings, Hydropalat WE 3111 provides excellent color acceptance and can be used as a dispersing agent in base paints.
Can you recommend a good dynamic wetting agent that also helps with foam control?
Marketed as using Lacreon technology to reduce friction, and utilising a built-in wetting agent, the lens is designed to retain moisture throughout the day to increase patient comfort.
Gransurf 50C also functions as a wetting agent for pigments and as a coupling agent for emollients, moisturizers and sunscreens.
This method is completed without conditioning the peat moss material with a wetting agent to preserve the natural hydrophobicity of the peat moss material in order to impede water penetrati on within the article.
In addition, the researchers chemically attach a wetting agent that changes its molecular shape when boiled in salt solutions: It opens up a ring of atoms, exposing its water-loving parts so that tears easily wet the final film, Kunzler explains.