British Dictionary definitions for surface-active
- (of a substance, esp a detergent) capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid, usually waterSee also surfactant
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surface-active in Medicine
- Of, relating to, or being a substance capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. Used especially of detergents.
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