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.
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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
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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.
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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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Such a solution is available with Genapol ED3060, a wetting agent for emulsion paints from Clariant that has outstanding wetting and low foaming properties at very low addition levels.
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