surfactant

Popular Terms
Surface active agent. Natural or synthetic substance that allows or promotes 'wetting' of a soiled surface, and dispersion or suspension (emulsification) of greasy soils in a solution. Surfactants achieve this by reducing the surface tension of the solvent (such as water) or the interfacial tension between two non-miscible liquids such as water and oil. Depending on the application, surfactants are mixed with builders or pH boosters (such as carbonates, phosphates, silicates), foam boosters, and suitable solvents (such as alcohols or hydrocarbons) to formulate household, industrial and personal care detergents.

Use 'surfactant' in a Sentence

There are many ways to remove spilled milk from the floor and I suggested my friend use a surfactant as it is an optimal choice.
19 people found this helpful
I have some cleaner under the sink that may work, but I don't know if the label would indicate if it contains a surfactant.
17 people found this helpful
The cleanup crew knew the only way to deal with the enormous amount of spilled oil and grease would be to have a strong surfactant to break down the viscosity.
15 people found this helpful




Email Print Embed

  • 63537773 2018-02-19
  • 800463772 2018-02-19
  • 483929771 2018-02-19
  • 757618770 2018-02-19
  • 898576769 2018-02-19
  • 784484768 2018-02-18
  • 935121767 2018-02-18
  • 755185766 2018-02-18
  • 681379765 2018-02-18
  • 690204764 2018-02-18
  • 323435763 2018-02-17
  • 688202762 2018-02-17
  • 79305761 2018-02-17
  • 850445760 2018-02-17
  • 747315759 2018-02-17
  • 371174758 2018-02-17
  • 32926757 2018-02-17
  • 129933756 2018-02-16
  • 407764755 2018-02-16
  • 763660754 2018-02-16