deliquescent

adjective
del·​i·​ques·​cent | \ ˌde-li-ˈkwe-sᵊnt How to pronounce deliquescent (audio) \

Definition of deliquescent

1 : tending to melt or dissolve especially : tending to undergo gradual dissolution and liquefaction by the attraction and absorption of moisture from the air
2 : having repeated division into branches elms are deliquescent trees — compare excurrent sense 2a

Other Words from deliquescent

deliquescence \ ˌde-​li-​ˈkwe-​sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce deliquescent (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of deliquescent

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deliquescent

Latin deliquescent-, deliquescens, present participle of deliquescere

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“Deliquescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliquescent. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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deliquescent

adjective
del·​i·​ques·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce deliquescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of deliquescent

: tending to melt or dissolve especially : tending to undergo gradual dissolution and liquefaction by the attraction and absorption of moisture from the air

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