dispersant

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disperse +‎ -ant

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dispersant (plural dispersants)

  1. (chemistry) Any substance that is used to to prevent settling or clumping of particles suspended in a liquid.
    • 1989, Tony E. Hart, “Letters of Agreement for the use of Dispersants”, in L. Michael Flaherty editor, Oil dispersants: new ecological approaches‎, page 152:
      Since the effectiveness of dispersants is time-critical, the sooner that concurrence can be obtained and the dispersant applied, the more effective such
    • 1989, National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Effectiveness of Oil Spill Dispersants, Using oil spill dispersants on the sea:
      Effects due to the dispersant solvent and surfactants in the water column may be surmised only from laboratory studies
    • 2010 May 13, Paul Quinlan, “Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup”, New York Times:
      Scientists warn that the dispersed oil, as well as the dispersants themselves, might cause long-term harm to marine life.

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dispersant

  1. present participle of dispersar

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dispersant

  1. Present participle of disperser.