nonionic

adjective non·ion·ic \ ˌnän-(ˌ)ī-ˈä-nik \

Definition of nonionic

:not ionic; especially :not dependent on a surface-active anion for effect
  • nonionic surfactants

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  • NBS Corning Corning, New York NBS – as in nonbinding surface – is a nonionic hydrophilic polymer coating that prevents traces of proteins, DNA, or drug compounds from sticking to test tubes or assay plates.

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First Known Use of nonionic

1929


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