hygroscopic

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

adjective

absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.

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Origin of hygroscopic

First recorded in 1765–75; hygroscope + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM hygroscopic

hy·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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Example sentences from the Web for hygroscopic

  • One of the physical properties of wool is its hygroscopicity or power of absorbing moisture.

  • The hygroscopicity of the sand of the coast of Jutland he found to be thirty-three per cent.

    Man and Nature|George P. Marsh
  • According to Seger this hygroscopicity distinguishes true clay from silt and dust.

  • Hygroscopicity and "working" are reduced but not eliminated by thorough drying.

    Seasoning of Wood|Joseph B. Wagner

British Dictionary definitions for hygroscopic

hygroscopic
/ (ˌhaɪɡrəˈskɒpɪk) /

adjective

(of a substance) tending to absorb water from the air

Derived forms of hygroscopic

hygroscopically, adverbhygroscopicity (ˌhaɪɡrəskəʊˈpɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for hygroscopic

hygroscopic
[ hī′grə-skŏpĭk ]

adj.

Readily absorbing moisture, as from the atmosphere.
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Scientific definitions for hygroscopic

hygroscopic
[ hī′grə-skŏpĭk ]

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