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hygroscopic

[hahy-gruh-skop-ik] /ˌhaɪ grəˈskɒp ɪk/
adjective
1.
absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.
Origin of hygroscopic
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; hygroscope + -ic
Related forms
hygroscopically, adverb
hygroscopicity
[hahy-gruh-skoh-pis-i-tee] /ˌhaɪ grə skoʊˈpɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonhygroscopic, adjective
nonhygroscopically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hygroscopicity
Historical Examples
  • hygroscopicity and "working" are reduced but not eliminated by thorough drying.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The hygroscopicity of the sand of the coast of Jutland he found to be thirty-three per cent.

    Man and Nature George P. Marsh
  • According to Seger this hygroscopicity distinguishes true clay from silt and dust.

    The Natural History of Clay Alfred B. Searle
  • One of the physical properties of wool is its hygroscopicity or power of absorbing moisture.

British Dictionary definitions for hygroscopicity

hygroscopic

/ˌhaɪɡrəˈskɒpɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a substance) tending to absorb water from the air
Derived Forms
hygroscopically, adverb
hygroscopicity (ˌhaɪɡrəskəʊˈpɪsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for hygroscopicity

hygroscopic

adj.

1775, from hygroscope (1660s), from hygro- + -scope.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hygroscopicity in Medicine

hygroscopic hy·gro·scop·ic (hī'grə-skŏp'ĭk)
adj.
Readily absorbing moisture, as from the atmosphere.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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hygroscopicity in Science
hygroscopic
  (hī'grə-skŏp'ĭk)   
Relating to a compound that easily absorbs moisture from the atmosphere.
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