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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cleansing substance that acts similarly to soap but is made from chemical compounds rather than fats and lye.
  • adj. Having cleansing power.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any non-soap cleaning agent, especially a synthetic surfactant.
  • adj. Having the power to clean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cleansing; purging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cleansing; purging.
  • n. Anything that cleanses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension
  • n. a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
  • adj. having cleansing power

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