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Related to surface-active: nonionic surfactant
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, wetting agents, and emulsifiers.
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(Chemistry) (of a substance, esp a detergent) capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid, usually water. See also surfactant
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of or pertaining to a substance that, when dissolved in water, reduces surface tension.
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|Adj.||1.||surface-active - capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid; used especially of detergents|
active - exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient"
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