wetting agent


Definition of wetting agent

: a substance that by becoming adsorbed prevents a surface from being repellent to a wetting liquid and is used especially in mixing solids with liquids or spreading liquids on surfaces

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Color enhancers are basically wetting agents that also seal. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Be wary of a ‘leather finish’ on granite," 12 Aug. 2019 Then an old-fashioned wetting agent that anybody who once had a darkroom will remember was used. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Saving Aberdeen history after museum fire, one photo and VHS tape at a time," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of wetting agent

1927, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of wetting agent

: a substance that promotes the spreading of a liquid on a surface or the penetration of a liquid into a material especially by becoming adsorbed in such a way that the liquid is no longer repelled

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