surfactant

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(sŭr-fak′tănt)

[surf(ace)-act(ive) a(ge)nt]
A surface-active agent that lowers surface tension, e.g., oils and various forms of detergents. Artificial surfactants may be given endotracheally to relieve respiratory distress.

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