A cleaning agent that increases the ability of water to penetrate fabric and break down greases and dirt. Detergents act like soap but, unlike soaps, they are derived from organic acids rather than fatty acids. Their molecules surround particles of grease and dirt, allowing them to be carried away.
A cleansing substance; specif., a surface-active chemical preparation, as, now esp., a linear alkyl sulfonate, that is capable of emulsifying dirt or oil
Find another word for antiseptic. In this page you can discover 41 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for antiseptic, like: clean, , sterile, prophylactic, aseptic, purifying, hygienic, antibacterial, medicated, germ-destroying and germicidal.
The antiseptic pine-laced air from the hallway made her nose wrinkle.
Thus if a little diphtheritic sputum were coughed into a person's eye, or some blood containing anthrax bacilli were to touch a raw spot upon the hand, the removal of microbes in either case by washing with simple water might be regarded as a means of passive defence, whilst washing them away with an antiseptic lotion might be regarded as active defence, because the antiseptic would tend not only to remove but to destroy the microbes.
Its principal action is as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
This releases chloric acid, which, being an extremely powerful antiseptic, kills the bacteria to which the ulcers are due.