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Surfactant

Similar term(s): Surface active agent, Wetting agent.

Definition:

A surfactant is a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.

When dissolved in water a surfactant gives a product the ability to remove dirt from surfaces such as the human skin, textiles, and other solids.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Biocide(s) - Surface tension

To read about this term in context:

GreenFacts Summary on Effects of Biocides on antibiotic resistance:

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