Surface-active compounds are surfactants (detergents) that possess a dirt-releasing molecule structure. They have both lipophilic (fat-loving) and hydrophilic (water-loving) parts. By accumulating on surfaces or at interfaces between aqueous and non-aqueous media, surface-active compounds reduce the interfacial tension.
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