alkylbenzene sulfonate


Definition of alkylbenzene sulfonate

: a derivative of benzene that is used in detergents as a surfactant Alkylbenzene sulfonates are another member of this class and are used as detergents, corrosion inhibitors and emulsifiers in both automotive and industrial lubricants.— Neil Canter, Tribology & Lubrication Technology, March 2010

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First Known Use of alkylbenzene sulfonate

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Alkylbenzene sulfonate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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