[ hyoo-mek-tuhnt or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˈmɛk tənt or, often, yu- /
a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain moisture, as glycerol.
of or relating to a humectant or humectants.
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Example sentences from the Web for humectant
Humectant, hū-mek′tant, adj. pertaining to remedies supposed to increase the fluidity of the blood.
British Dictionary definitions for humectant
/ (hjuːˈmɛktənt) /
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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