hygroscopic

[ hahy-gruh-skop-ik ]
/ ˌhaɪ grəˈskɒp ɪk /
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adjective

absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.

Nearby words

  1. hygrometric,
  2. hygrometry,
  3. hygrophilous,
  4. hygrophyte,
  5. hygroscope,
  6. hygrostat,
  7. hygrothermograph,
  8. hygroton,
  9. hying,
  10. hyksos

Origin of hygroscopic

First recorded in 1765–75; hygroscope + -ic

Related formshy·gro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·gro·sco·pic·i·ty [hahy-gruh-skoh-pis-i-tee] /ˌhaɪ grə skoʊˈpɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·hy·gro·scop·ic, adjectivenon·hy·gro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hygroscopic

hygroscopic

/ (ˌhaɪɡrəˈskɒpɪk) /

adjective

(of a substance) tending to absorb water from the air
Derived Formshygroscopically, adverbhygroscopicity (ˌhaɪɡrəskəʊˈpɪsɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for hygroscopic

hygroscopic

adj.

1775, from hygroscope (1660s), from hygro- + -scope.

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Medicine definitions for hygroscopic

hygroscopic

[ hī′grə-skŏpĭk ]

adj.

Readily absorbing moisture, as from the atmosphere.

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Science definitions for hygroscopic

hygroscopic

[ hī′grə-skŏpĭk ]

Relating to a compound that easily absorbs moisture from the atmosphere.
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