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[del-i-kwes-uh ns] /ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs əns/
the act or process of deliquescing.
the substance produced when something deliquesces.
Origin of deliquescence
First recorded in 1750-60; deliquesce + -ence
Related forms
deliquescent, adjective
nondeliquescence, noun
nondeliquescent, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for deliquescence
Historical Examples
  • Now it is the deliquescence of formal verse that is to be feared.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • At length, we arrived at the spot, but in a state of deliquescence and exhaustion not to be described.

  • Helpless, boneless, and jelly-like, old age had overtaken her with a mild form of deliquescence.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • deliquescence and later migration of the more soluble nitrates resulted in their accumulation around the edges of the basins.

  • It was the preliminary dwarfing and deliquescence of the mature old beside the embryonic mass of the new.

    Anticipations Herbert George Wells
  • In many the attractive forms would be considered objects of beauty, were it not for their deliquescence, and often fœtid odour.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  • The whole thing is part, one may suppose, of the deliquescence of the Puritan tradition in morals, and will probably not endure.

  • Most other metallic chlorates are barred from practical employment owing to instability, deliquescence or other property.

  • With Henri Matisse we have not to deplore the deliquescence of a great talent, for we have no reason to suppose he ever had any.

    Artist and Public Kenyon Cox
  • This genus can be readily recognized from the black spores and from the deliquescence of the gills and cap into an inky substance.

British Dictionary definitions for deliquescence


the process of deliquescing
a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
Derived Forms
deliquescent, adjective
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deliquescence in Medicine

deliquescence del·i·ques·cence (děl'ĭ-kwěs'əns)
The process of dissolving or of becoming liquid through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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