Noun Abstergent Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abstergent

Pronunciation:

/əbˈstəːdʒ(ə)nt//abˈstəːdʒ(ə)nt/

Definition:
1.

adjective

Having a cleansing or abrading quality; cleansing, abrading (literal, especially with reference to the body, and figurative).

    noun

    A cleansing or abrading agent, especially one used on the body.
      ((n.) A substance used in cleansing; a detergent; as, soap is an abstergent.)


      Origin:
      Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Woodall (1570–1643), surgeon. From French abstergent, adjective or its etymon classical Latin abstergent-, abstergēns, present participle of abstergēre absterge. With use as noun compare post-classical Latin abstergentia, neuter plural. Compare Spanish abstergente, Italian astergente.

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