humectant

noun hu·mec·tant \ hyü-ˈmek-tənt \

Definition of humectant

: a substance that promotes retention of moisture

humectant

adjective

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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


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humectant

adjective hu·mec·tant \ hyü-ˈmek-tənt \

medical Definition of humectant

: promoting the retention of moisture
  • humectant properties
  • humectant materials

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humectant

noun

medical Definition of humectant

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

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