Polymer that lowers the surface tension of the medium in which it is dissolved, or the interfacial tension
with another phase, or both.
PAC, 2004, 76, 889
(Definitions of terms relating to reactions of polymers and to functional polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2003))
on page 903
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