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  • any non-soap cleaning agent, especially a synthetic surfactant
  • a molecule with a lipophilic tail and a hydrophilic head.
  • having the power to clean
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

De*ter"gent (?), a. [L. detergens, -entis, p. pr. of detergere: cf. F. détergent.] Cleansing; purging. -- n. A substance which cleanses the skin, as water or soap; a medicine to cleanse wounds, ulcers, etc.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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