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Glossary entry:Surfactant
Meaning in EUGRIS: A 'surface active agent' lowers suface tension. Surfactants have hydrophobic and hydrophilic components and can therefore bring organic molecules into soultion in water. They are the active ingredients in soaps: the hydrophobic compontent sticks to grease and dirt while the hydrophilic section sticks to the water.

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