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.
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- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
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- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000