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- adj. Of, relating to, or being a substance capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. Used especially of detergents.
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- adj. capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid
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- adj. capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid; used especially of detergents
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These “surface-active” molecules have many other applications as well.
Type: surface-active or chemosorptive substance, tensides for selective separation of various non conductors
The introduction of a surface-active substance triggers a synergy with the fat and it helps break down the protein layer in a more efficient way.
• A fourth ingredient is found extensively in cosmetics and is also used as a surface-active agent and emulsifier for agents used in food contact.
A shortened form of three words "surface-active agent", surfactants stabilize mixtures of oil and water by reducing the surface tension at the interface between the oil and water molecules.
& Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom Horses are unusual in producing protein-rich sweat for thermoregulation, a major component of which is latherin, a highly surface-active, non-glycosylated protein.
To solve this, horses appear to have evolved a surface-active, detergent-like protein that they release at unusually high concentrations in their sweat
Wetter-spreaders: Contain surface-active ingredients - surfactants - that reduce the contact angle of the spray droplet on the target.
A little surfing reveals that the bottle contains "Anion surface-active agent 0. 5wt%".
"I think one of the differences is that all the other products were surface-active.