- to wipe or wash away; cleanse.
- to cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound.
Origin of deterge
1615–25; (< F) < Latin dētergēre to wipe off, equivalent to dē- de- + tergēre to wipe
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- cleansing power
- (tr) to wash or wipe away; cleanseto deterge a wound
C17: from Latin dētergēre to wipe away, from de- + tergēre to wipe
Word Origin and History for detergency
1620s, from French déterger (16c.), from Latin detergere (see detergent).
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