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deliquescent

[ dĕl′ĭ-kwĕsənt ]
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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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