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Detergent  n.  A substance which cleanses the skin, as water or soap; a medicine to cleanse wounds, ulcers, etc.

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"Detergent" Quotes from Famous Books

... that the great popularity of glycerin as an emollient arose from the view that it represented the essential base of the fats. With regard to soap, also, much erroneous and indistinct impression prevails. Its detergent action is sometimes supposed to be due to the free alkali, whereas a well-made soap ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886 • Various

... many he had known. But the next moment he recognized with despair that it was only a smaller copy of one he had seen on the hoarding at the last station. He threw the leaflet aside, but the flavor of the story was gone. The peerless detergent of the advertisement had erased it from the tablets of his memory. He leaned back in his seat again, and lazily watched the flying suburbs. Here were the usual promising open spaces and patches of green, quickly succeeded ...
— Under the Redwoods • Bret Harte

... chief hardening ingredients are salts of lime and magnesia. In the decomposition of soap these salts form curdy and insoluble compounds containing the fatty acids of the soap and the lime and magnesia of the salts. So long as this decomposition goes on the soap is useless as a detergent, and it is only after all the lime and magnesia salts have been decomposed at the expense of the soap, that the latter begins to exert a useful effect. As soon as this is the case, however, the slightest further addition of soap produces a lather when the water is agitated, but this lather ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883 • Various

... "No, they're formulations—you know, mixtures. That's cookbook chemistry. I mean a brand new synthetic detergent. I've got an idea for one that ought to be good even in the hard ...
— Junior Achievement • William Lee

... investigation confused me still more, for I found he was a Professor of Soap. At last, I ascertained that he had earned his title by going about the country lecturing upon, and exhibiting in his person, the valuable qualities of his detergent treasures, through which peripatetic advertisement he had succeeded in realizing dollars and honours. The oratory of some of these Professors is, I am told, of an order before which the eloquence of a Demosthenes would shrink abashed, if success ...
— Lands of the Slave and the Free - Cuba, The United States, and Canada • Henry A. Murray

Words linked to "Detergent" :   cleansing agent, dishwasher detergent, detergent builder, cationic detergent, detergence, laundry detergent, deterge, sodium lauryl sulphate, wetter, surfactant, invert soap, purifying, liquid detergent, detergency, dishwashing liquid, anionic detergent, SLS, detersive

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