Abstergent

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abstergent A substance used in cleansing; a detergent; as, soap is an abstergent .
    • a Abstergent Serving to cleanse, detergent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abstergent Having cleansing or purgative properties.
    • n abstergent Anything that aids in scouring or cleansing, as soap or fuller's earth.
    • n abstergent In medicine, a lotion or other application for cleansing a sore: in this sense nearly superseded by detergent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Abstergent serving to cleanse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abstergens, p. pr. of abstergere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. absterg─ôre, -tersum, to wipe away.

Usage

In literature:

Ut lubet feriat, abstergant hos ictus Democriti pharmacos.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
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