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detersive

[dih-tur-siv] /dɪˈtɜr sɪv/
adjective
1.
cleansing; detergent.
noun
2.
a detersive agent or medicine.
Origin of detersive
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French détersif < Latin dēters(us) (past participle of dētergēre; see deterge) + -if -ive
Related forms
detersively, adverb
detersiveness, noun
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  • A preparation from the choicest Oriental Herbs, of peculiarly mild and detersive properties.

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