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humectant

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noun hu·mec·tant \hyü-ˈmek-tənt\

Definition of humectant

  1. :  a substance that promotes retention of moisture

humectant

adjective


Origin and Etymology of humectant

Latin humectant-, humectans, present participle of humectare to moisten, from humectus moist, from humēre to be moist — more at humor


First Known Use: circa 1867


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humectant

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adjective hu·mec·tant \hyü-ˈmek-tənt\

Medical Definition of humectant

  1. :  promoting the retention of moisture <humectant properties> <humectant materials>




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humectant

noun hu·mec·tant

Medical Definition of humectant

  1. :  a substance (as glycerol or sorbitol) that promotes retention of moisture




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