cleansing; detergent.


a detersive agent or medicine.

Origin of detersive

1580–90; < Middle French détersif < Latin dēters(us) (past participle of dētergēre; see deterge) + -if -ive
Related formsde·ter·sive·ly, adverbde·ter·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for detersive

Historical Examples of detersive

  • A preparation from the choicest Oriental Herbs, of peculiarly mild and detersive properties.