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abstergent

[ab-stur-juh nt]
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adjective
  1. cleansing.
  2. purgative.
noun
  1. a cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap.

Origin of abstergent

1605–15; < Latin abstergent-, stem of abstergēns, present participle of abstergēre to wipe off, equivalent to abs- abs- + tergēre to wipe; see -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for abstergent

abstergent

adjective
  1. cleansing or scouring

Word Origin

C17: from Latin abstergent-, abstērgens wiping off, from abs- away, off + tergēre to wipe
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