alkylbenzene sulfonate

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alkylbenzene sulfonate was in 1955

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“Alkylbenzene sulfonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkylbenzene%20sulfonate. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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