[del-i-kwes-uh ns]


the act or process of deliquescing.
the substance produced when something deliquesces.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deliquescence

Historical Examples of deliquescence

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


    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.


    Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for deliquescence



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




The process of dissolving or of becoming liquid through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere.
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