Relating to a solid substance that absorbs moisture from the air and becomes liquid. Deliquescent substances usually absorb so much moisture from the air that they form a strong solution. Potassium hydroxide is deliquescent.
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How to use deliquescent in a sentence
A deliquescent black powder, with a caustic taste, and empyreumatic smell; 10 gr.
White deliquescent substance, and violent poison, readily soluble in water to the acid.
When the mass cools it becomes a yellowish, transparent, glacial substance, tough and deliquescent.Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians | William K. David
On this account the deliquescent acetates of iron and alumina are more ready to aid the dyeing of cotton than copperas and alum.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
It may here be observed, that such an article contains several deliquescent salts, and is much more soluble than pure nitre.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure