- A surface-active agent, including substances commonly referred to as wetting agents, surface tension depressants, detergents, dispersing agents, emulsifiers, and quaternary ammonium antiseptics.
- Those surface-active agents forming a monomolecular layer over pulmonary alveolar surfaces; lipoproteins, lecithins, and sphingomyelins that stabilize alveolar volume by reducing surface tension and altering the relationship between surface tension and surface area.
[surface active agent]
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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.