- detention centre,
- detention home,
Origin of detergent
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
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.).