cationic detergent

noun

Definition of cationic detergent

: any of a class of synthetic detergents usually consisting essentially of a quaternary ammonium salt (as cetyl-trimethyl-ammonium chloride [C16H33N(CH3)3]+Cl) with 12 to 24 carbon atoms in the organic groups attached to the nitrogen atom in the cation and valuable as a wetting and emulsifying agent in acid or neutral solutions or as a germicide or fungicide

called also invert soap

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“Cationic detergent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cationic%20detergent. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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