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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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British Dictionary definitions for deliquescent

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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Word Origin and History for deliquescent

adj.

1791, in chemistry, from Latin deliquescentem (nominative deliquescens), present participle of deliquescere (see deliquesce). General use dates from 1866. Related: Deliquescence.

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deliquescent 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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deliquescent in Science

deliquescent

[dĕl′ĭ-kwĕsənt]
  1. 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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