dispersant (plural dispersants)
- (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, page 122:
- 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”, in New York Times:
- Scientists warn that the dispersed oil, as well as the dispersants themselves, might cause long-term harm to marine life.
substance used to stabilize a dispersion
- present participle of dispersar