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

Examples of wetting agent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another type of simulated granite countertop kit, Transformations, available at www.rustoleum.com, uses an adhesive base coat, special wetting agent, decorative chips and two-part finish coating. James Dulley, Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2020 Color enhancers are basically wetting agents that also seal. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 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, 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of wetting agent

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Wetting agent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wetting%20agent. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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