Origin of detergent
Related formsnon·de·ter·gent, adjective
Examples from the Web for detergent
Detergent, lubricating, and discutient; in itch and other skin diseases, &c.
In the case of weak-bodied soap, this addition gives firmness and tends to increase the detergent qualities.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture|W. H. Simmons
Tincture of iodine locally, detergent washes, and the like, often secure a certain amount of comfort as palliatives.
Every hundred gallons of Thames water destroy in this way thirty ounces of soap before becoming a detergent.
Formerly used to make an astringent and detergent lotion:—1 oz.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley