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[ab-stur-juh nt]
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  1. cleansing.
  2. purgative.
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  1. a cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap.
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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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Related Words for abstergent

detergent, deodorant, purifier, soap, abrasive, cathartic, suds, polish, antiseptic, purgative, lather, fumigant, scourer, abstergent

British Dictionary definitions for abstergent


  1. cleansing or scouring
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Word Origin for abstergent

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