cationic detergent


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. catiline,
  2. cation,
  3. cation exchange,
  4. cation-exchange resin,
  5. cationic,
  6. catkin,
  7. catkinate,
  8. catlike,
  9. catlin,
  10. catlin, george

Origin of cationic detergent

First recorded in 1960–65

Also called invert soap.

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British Dictionary definitions for cationic detergent

cationic detergent

noun

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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