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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. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Helpless, boneless, and jelly-like, old age had overtaken her with a mild form of deliquescence.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • At length, we arrived at the spot, but in a state of deliquescence and exhaustion not to be described.

  • The whole thing is part, one may suppose, of the deliquescence of the Puritan tradition in morals, and will probably not endure.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Now it is the deliquescence of formal verse that is to be feared.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • This genus can be readily recognized from the black spores and from the deliquescence of the gills and cap into an inky substance.

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

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for deliquescence


the process of deliquescing
a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
Derived Forms
deliquescent, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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