any of a class of synthetic compounds, as benzalkonium chloride, whose cations are colloidal in solution: used as antiseptics, wetting agents, and emulsifiers.
Origin of cationic detergent
First recorded in 1960–65
Also called invert soap.
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British Dictionary definitions for cationic detergent
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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