wetting agent


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wetting agent

1 a substance that lowers the surface tension of water to promote wetting.
2 a detergent such as tyloxapol used as a mucolytic in respiratory therapy.

wetting agent

1. Any agent, such as a surfactant, that allows a fluid to spread over and coat a surface to which it is applied.
2. In radiographic wet film processing, a solution used after washing to reduce surface tension and accelerate water flow from the film to speed drying.
See also: agent

wetting

creating and maintenance of a wet surface. See also wetness.

wetting agent
substance that enhances wetting; detergents have been used internally as medicine, e.g. dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate in mineral oil for bloat in cows and impaction in horses as a fecal softener but has proved to be toxic to horses.
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Consequently, incorporation of the wetting agent with water increased the vertical movement of water in the soil profile and the difference in wetted vertical soil between the wetting agent and the water alone treatment was more pronounced in silt loam soil texture.
Among the applications of soil wetting agents -which include turf care and agriculture- turf care accounted for the largest market share, followed by agriculture.
Contact lens wearers who want to use a rinse or wetting agent or eye drops after disinfecting their lenses must purchase a preserved or non-preserved sterile saline solution.
Surfynol 355 surfactant is a proprietary wetting agent designed to provide dynamic wetting without generating excess foam in water-based pigment dispersions, inks, overprint varnishes, adhesives and coatings.
Attributes/Comments: TRITON HW-1000 Surfactant High Performance Wetting Agent is a non-silicone based, superior wetting and leveling agent offering low foaming and the ability to wet various substrates.
The new soil wetting agents will aid farmers by capturing rainfall that is plant-available while the soil diagnostic improves the reliability of the wetting agent selection to soil type.
Air Products' Surfynol 107L surfactant is a liquid, nonionic wetting agent and molecular defoamer based on a proprietary high-performance Gemini chemistry.
Marketed as using Lacreon technology to reduce friction, and utilising a built-in wetting agent, the lens is designed to retain moisture throughout the day to increase patient comfort.
Gransurf 50C also functions as a wetting agent for pigments and as a coupling agent for emollients, moisturizers and sunscreens.
In addition, the researchers chemically attach a wetting agent that changes its molecular shape when boiled in salt solutions: It opens up a ring of atoms, exposing its water-loving parts so that tears easily wet the final film, Kunzler explains.
A non-APEO pigment wetting agent for water-based coatings, Hydropalat WE 3111 provides excellent color acceptance and can be used as a dispersing agent in base paints.
Lacreon technology has a built-in wetting agent and is designed to reduce friction, allowing the eyelid to glide more easily, and retain moisture in the lens throughout the day.