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surface-active

Pronunciation: sur'fas-ak'tiv

Definition: Indicating the property of certain agents of altering the physicochemical nature of surfaces and interfaces, bringing about lowering of interfacial tension; they usually possess both lipophilic and hydrophilic groups.

See Also: surfactant

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