surface-active

adjective
sur·face-active | \ˈsər-fəs-ˌak-tiv \

Definition of surface-active 

: altering the properties and especially lowering the tension at the surface of contact between phases soaps and wetting agents are typical surface-active substances

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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surface-active

adjective

Medical Definition of surface-active 

: altering the properties and especially lowering the tension at the surface of contact between phases soaps and wetting agents are typical surface-active substances

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