surfactant

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noun sur·fac·tant \(ˌ)sər-ˈfak-tənt, ˈsər-ˌ\

Definition of surfactant

  1. :  a surface-active substance (as a detergent)

surfactant

adjective

Origin and Etymology of surfactant

surface-active + -ant


First Known Use: 1950


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surfactant

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noun sur·fac·tant \(ˌ)sər-ˈfak-tənt, ˈsər-ˌ\

Medical Definition of surfactant

  1. :  a surface-active substance; specifically :  a surface-active lipoprotein mixture which coats the alveoli and which prevents collapse of the lungs by reducing the surface tension of pulmonary fluids

surfactant

adjective

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