Definition of Surfactant

1. Noun. A chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.

Exact synonyms: Surface-active Agent, Wetter, Wetting Agent
Specialized synonyms: Emulsifier, Detergent
Generic synonyms: Chemical Agent



Definition of Surfactant

1. Noun. (chemistry) A surface active agent, or wetting agent, capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid; typically organic compounds having a hydrophilic "head" and a hydrophobic "tail". ¹

2. Noun. (biochemistry) A lipoprotein in the tissues of the lung that reduces surface tension and permits more efficient gas transport. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Surfactant

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Surfactant

surface quality
surface runoff
surface search radar
surface ship
surface soil
surface tension
surface water
surfaced
surfaceless
surfacer
surfacers
surfaces
surfaceward
surfacing
surfacings
surfactant (current term)
surfactants
surfari
surfaris
surfatron
surfatrons
surfbird
surfbirds
surfboard
surfboarded
surfboarder
surfboarders
surfboarding
surfboardlike
surfboards

Literary usage of Surfactant

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1. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Pulmonary surfactant is a complex mixture of proteins and ... Derangement of the surfactant system may proceed to the development of disease by opening the ..."

2. RREL Hazardous Waste Research Symposium: Abstract Proceedings, 19th Annual (1993)
"surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation (SEAR) has been proposed as an alternative ... The first approach capitalizes on the capacity of aqueous surfactant ..."

3. Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy And Effects by National Research Council (U. S.) (2005)
"The surfactant reduces the oil-water interfacial tension by orienting with the hydrophilic groups interacting with the water phase and the hydrophobic ..."

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