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ser fak tuhnt

  • n  a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved

  • Without surfactant, the air sacs in the lungs become stiff and collapse, preventing inhalation, and the lungs become dense and hyaline, or glasslike.
  • And by reducing the surfactant, it's gentler on the skin," says Bevilacqua.
  • surfactant, a fatty substance that helps keep the lungs flexible and prevents the air sacs from collapsing after each breath.
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  • JFK Baby Death 50 Years Ago Sparked Race to Save Preemies
    Today thousands of premature infants escape little Patrick's fate, largely because of the efforts that were poured into medical research, first the use of a ventilator and a decade later the use of surfactant and modern positive pressure machines and neonatal intensive care units.        
    Aug. 7, 2013 - ABC News

  • Bruce Springsteen in Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide
    We had very low complaints, and actually the biggest issue that we did see was when people put Laudis in a tank-mix with glyphosate, and the glyphosate did not have a surfactant in it,said Springsteen. "If you are going to use Laudis, you...

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