Adjuvant

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Description

A substance that enhances the effectiveness of a treatment. Adjuvants are used to increase absorption, provide miscibility in water, and aid in wetting. Examples of materials used in conservation treatments that can be adjuvants are: surfactants, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agent, thickeners, buffers, and defoaming agents.

Synonyms and Related Terms

adjuvants

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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