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deliquescence

[del-i-kwes-uh ns]
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noun
  1. the act or process of deliquescing.
  2. the substance produced when something deliquesces.
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Origin of deliquescence

First recorded in 1750–60; deliquesce + -ence
Related formsdel·i·ques·cent, adjectivenon·del·i·ques·cence, nounnon·del·i·ques·cent, adjective
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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


British Dictionary definitions for deliquescence

deliquescence

noun
  1. the process of deliquescing
  2. a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
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Derived Formsdeliquescent, adjective
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deliquescence in Medicine

deliquescence

(dĕl′ĭ-kwĕsəns)
n.
  1. The process of dissolving or of becoming liquid through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere.
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