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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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The new class of materials, which the researchers call SAILs, for surface-active ionic liquids, could have a variety of applications for high-temperature energy storage, for example for use in hot environments such as in oil drilling or in chemical plants, according to Mao.
Surfactants, also known as surface-active agents, are organic chemicals with a hydrophilic and a hydrophobic end that when added to a liquid, change its properties at the surface or interface.
Additionally, Sal CURB B liquid contains powerful surface-active agents to improve the dispersion of the antimicrobial, thereby improving efficacy.
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Cheng et al developed casting solutions of the self-assembly block copolymer and a surface-active polymer.
As a surface-active element, the segregation of Pr at the molten solder interface could give rise to decreasing the interface tension.
Certainly there is a trendy disdain for surfactants, the "surface-active agents'' responsible for shampoo's cleaning action and lathering properties, and detergents.
Films of various surface-active substances often play a crucial role in the formation and interpretation of the signal emitted or reflected from the ocean surface and detected in the remote sensing of lakes, seas, and oceans.
These so-called antistatic agents are divided into surface-active and volume-active substances.

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