Definitions

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  • adj. Washing away; carrying off impurities; detergent.
  • n. A detergent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Washing away; carrying off impurities; detergent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Washing; cleansing; purifying.
  • n. In medicine: That which purifies the blood, or carries off impurities from the system, especially from the stomach and intestines; a detergent.
  • n. That which removes filth or viscid matter from ulcers or from the skin.

Etymologies

From Latin abluēns, present active participle of abluō ("I wash off or away; cleanse, purify"), from ab ("from, away from") + luō ("I wash, cleanse"). See lave. (Wiktionary)

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  • adj., Washing away; carrying off impurities; abstergent. Also n. (From Latin ablu-ĕre, 'to wash off or away.' Chiefly in medical use.)

    August 9, 2008