[ del-i-kwes-uh ns ]
/ ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs əns /


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

Nearby words

  1. delink,
  2. delinquency,
  3. delinquency, juvenile,
  4. delinquent,
  5. deliquesce,
  6. deliquescent,
  7. deliration,
  8. deliriant,
  9. delirious,
  10. delirium

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

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British Dictionary definitions for deliquescent


/ (ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛsəns) /


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

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Word Origin and History for deliquescent



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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Medicine definitions for deliquescent


[ dĕl′ĭ-kwĕsəns ]


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

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Science definitions for deliquescent


[ dĕl′ĭ-kwĕsənt ]

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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