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A chemical agent used to brighten or lighten the appearance of another material. Unfortunately, in the past, acids were used to brighten dye colors, particularly in leathers, which accelerated the substrates degradation. Currently many fluorescent agents are added to detergents and textile finishes to give a brighter, more reflective appearance to fabrics.  
 
A chemical agent used to brighten or lighten the appearance of another material. Unfortunately, in the past, acids were used to brighten dye colors, particularly in leathers, which accelerated the substrates degradation. Currently many fluorescent agents are added to detergents and textile finishes to give a brighter, more reflective appearance to fabrics.  
  
See [http://cameo.mfa.org/materials/fullrecord.asp?name=fluorescent%20whitening%20agent fluorescent whitening agent].
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See [[fluorescent whitening agent]].
  
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==

Revision as of 12:08, 9 January 2014

Description

A chemical agent used to brighten or lighten the appearance of another material. Unfortunately, in the past, acids were used to brighten dye colors, particularly in leathers, which accelerated the substrates degradation. Currently many fluorescent agents are added to detergents and textile finishes to give a brighter, more reflective appearance to fabrics.

See fluorescent whitening agent.

Synonyms and Related Terms

brightener; whitening agent; abrillantador (Esp.); agente blanqueante (Esp.); optisch wit (Ned.)

Authority

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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