[ey-kwee-uh s, ak-wee-]
  1. of, like, or containing water; watery: an aqueous solution.
  2. (of rocks or sediments) formed of matter deposited in or by water.

Origin of aqueous

First recorded in 1635–45; aqu(a) + -eous
Related formsa·que·ous·ly, adverba·que·ous·ness, nounnon·a·que·ous, adjectivesu·per·a·que·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for aqueously


  1. of, like, or containing water
  2. dissolved in wateraqueous ammonia
  3. (of rocks, deposits, etc) formed from material laid down in water

Word Origin for aqueous

C17: from Medieval Latin aqueus, from Latin aqua water
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Word Origin and History for aqueously



1640s, from Latin aqua "water" (see aqua-) on analogy of French aqueux "watery" (16c., which, however, is from Late Latin aquosus "abounding in water"). Or by analogy of Latin terreus "earthy," from terra "earth." Aqueous humor is the original use in English.

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aqueously in Medicine


kwē-əs, ăkwē-]
  1. Relating to, similar to, containing, or dissolved in water; watery.
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aqueously in Science


  1. Chemistry Relating to or dissolved in water.
  2. Geology Formed from matter deposited by water. Certain sedimentary rocks, such as limestone, are aqueous.
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