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humectant

[ hyoo-mek-tuhnt or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˈmɛk tənt or, often, yu- /
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noun

a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain moisture, as glycerol.

adjective

moistening; diluting.
of or relating to a humectant or humectants.

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Origin of humectant

1650–60; <Latin hūmectant- (stem of (h)ūmectāns), present participle of (h)ūmectāre to moisten, equivalent to (h)ūmect(us) moist, damp (see humid) + -ant--ant
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British Dictionary definitions for humectant

humectant
/ (hjuːˈmɛktənt) /

adjective

producing moisture

noun

a substance added to another substance to keep it moist
C17: from Latin ūmectāre to wet, from ūmēre to be moist, from ūmor moisture; see humour
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