One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soaplike compound that lathers easily, used chiefly in toiletries such as shower gel and shampoo.
Sodium lauryl ether sulphate. Chemical formula: CH₃(CH₂)₁₁(OCH₂CH₂)ₙOSO₃Na
From sodium + laur (in lauryl, an alcohol with twelve carbon atoms from which the compound is prepared), + eth (in ether) + sulphate.
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