detersive

[ dih-tur-siv ]

adjective
  1. cleansing; detergent.

noun
  1. a detersive agent or medicine.

Origin of detersive

1
1580–90; <Middle French détersif<Latin dēters(us) (past participle of dētergēre;see deterge) + -if-ive

Other words from detersive

  • de·ter·sive·ly, adverb
  • de·ter·sive·ness, noun

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