Over time, words generate loose terminology that may incorrectly define a specific activity or condition. In the metal finishing industry, think: bind versus bond, strip versus remove, empty versus purge, wet versus hydrate, etc. The stakes in using the right terminology are high, because getting it wrong can confuse meaning, intent, and perhaps how appropriate work or corrective action is to be done.
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Excerpt: Chelating agents, complexing agents, flocculants, deflocculants are properties associated with surface finishing and wastewater treatment. Understanding this common terminology can be very beneficial to understanding what chemical works in specific circumstances.