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detergent

Definition

Tensio-active surfactant compound that features a non-polar, hydrophobic hydrocarbon chain with a polar end. Detergents are often included in cleaning solutions as they emulsify dirt and oil. As waste products of industrial and domestic processes they may have a detrimental effect on the water quality of aquaculture units. In English the term detergent is often used loosely, to describe any cleaning agent, including soaps.

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