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cationic detergent

noun

  1. any of a class of synthetic compounds, as benzalkonium chloride, whose cations are colloidal in solution: used as antiseptics, wetting agents, and emulsifiers.


cationic detergent

noun

  1. a type of detergent in which the active part of the molecule is a positive ion (cation). Cationic detergents are usually quaternary ammonium salts and often also have bactericidal properties


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cationic detergent1

First recorded in 1960–65

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