detersive

adjective
de·​ter·​sive | \ di-ˈtər-siv How to pronounce detersive (audio) , -ziv \

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detersive noun

First Known Use of detersive

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for detersive

Middle French detersif, from Latin detersus, past participle of detergēre to deterge

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The first known use of detersive was in 1586

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“Detersive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detersive. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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detersive

adjective
de·​ter·​sive | \ di-ˈtər-siv, -ziv How to pronounce detersive (audio) \

Medical Definition of detersive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or having detergent or cleansing activity a detersive agent

detersive

noun

Medical Definition of detersive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cleansing agent : detergent

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