Origin of detergent
Examples from the Web for detergent
Historical Examples of detergent
Oxymel of verdigris is stimulant, detergent, and escharotic.
Formerly used to make an astringent and detergent lotion:—1 oz.
Hot water is itself a detergent; that is, it has the power of dissolving dirt.Household Administration
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
Gingerly she sat him down on a stool, and with detergent and water she began removing the mud.Foundling on Venus
John de Courcy
adjective Also: detersive (dɪˈtɜːsɪv)
Word Origin for detergent
1610s, from Latin detergentem (nominative detergens), present participle of detergere "to wipe away, cleanse," from de- "off, away" (see de-) + tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Originally a medical term, application to "chemical cleansing product" is from 1938.
"detergent substance," 1670s, from detergent (adj.).