hygroscopic


hy·gro·scop·ic

adjective \ˌhī-grə-ˈskä-pik\

Definition of HYGROSCOPIC

1
:  readily taking up and retaining moisture
2
:  taken up and retained under some conditions of humidity and temperature <hygroscopic water in clay>
hy·gro·scop·ic·i·ty \-(ˌ)skä-ˈpi-sə-tē\ noun

Origin of HYGROSCOPIC

hygroscope, an instrument showing changes in humidity + 1-ic; from the use of such materials in the hygroscope
First Known Use: 1790

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

hy·gro·scop·ic

adjective \ˌhī-grə-ˈskäp-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYGROSCOPIC

: readily taking up and retaining moisture <glycerol is hygroscopic>
hy·gro·scop·ic·i·ty \-(ˌ)skäp-ˈis-ət-ē\ noun, plural hy·gro·scop·ic·i·ties

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