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A substance that resists adhesion to itself or any other material. Surfaces may be coated with an abherent to prevent sticking. Examples are mold release agents, Teflon®, silicone, dusting powders (talc, mica, etc.) as well as some soaps, oils, waxes, and fluorocarbon sprays.

Synonyms and Related Terms

abhesive; mold release agent; slip agent; parting compound

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988

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