Definition of Surfactant:

  1. A substance which tends to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.

  2. Surface active agent. Natural or synthetic substance that allows or promotes wetting of a soiled surface, and dispersion or suspension (emulsification) of greasy soils in a solution. Surfactants achieve this by reducing the surface tension of the solvent (such as water) or the interfacial tension between two non-miscible liquids such as water and oil. Depending on the application, surfactants are mixed with builders or pH boosters (such as carbonates, phosphates, silicates), foam boosters, and suitable solvents (such as alcohols or hydrocarbons) to formulate household, industrial and personal care detergents.

How to use Surfactant in a sentence?

  1. The cleanup crew knew the only way to deal with the enormous amount of spilled oil and grease would be to have a strong surfactant to break down the viscosity.
  2. I have some cleaner under the sink that may work, but I dont know if the label would indicate if it contains a surfactant .
  3. The primary conditioning ingredients are cationic surfactants, silicones, and polymers.
  4. There are many ways to remove spilled milk from the floor and I suggested my friend use a surfactant as it is an optimal choice.

Meaning of Surfactant & Surfactant Definition