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brighteners


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Substances added to detergents or used to treat textiles or paper in order to brighten the colours or, particularly, to enhance whiteness. Blueing agents are used in laundries to give a slight blue cast to white material in order to counteract yellowing. Fluorescent brighteners are compounds that absorb visible or ultraviolet radiation and fluoresce in the blue region of the optical spectrum.

Subjects: Chemistry.


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