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hygroscopic

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adjective hy·gro·scop·ic \ˌhī-grə-ˈskä-pik\

Definition of hygroscopic

  1. 1 :  readily taking up and retaining moisture

  2. 2 :  taken up and retained under some conditions of humidity and temperature <hygroscopic water in clay>

hygroscopicity

play \-(ˌ)skä-ˈpi-sə-tē\ noun


Origin and Etymology of hygroscopic

hygroscope, an instrument showing changes in humidity + 1-ic; from the use of such materials in the hygroscope


First Known Use: 1790

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hygroscopic

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adjective hy·gro·scop·ic \ˌhī-grə-ˈskäp-ik\

Medical Definition of hygroscopic

  1. :  readily taking up and retaining moisture <glycerol is hygroscopic>

hygroscopicity

\-(ˌ)skäp-ˈis-ət-ē\play noun plural

hygroscopicities




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