[hyoo-mek-tuh nt or, often, yoo-]
- a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain moisture, as glycerol.
- moistening; diluting.
- of or relating to a humectant or humectants.
Origin of humectant
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Humectant, hū-mek′tant, adj. pertaining to remedies supposed to increase the fluidity of the blood.
- producing moisture
- a substance added to another substance to keep it moist
Word Origin for humectant
C17: from Latin ūmectāre to wet, from ūmēre to be moist, from ūmor moisture; see humour
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