hygroscopic

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

Definition of hygroscopic 

1 : readily taking up and retaining moisture hygroscopic soils

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

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hygroscopicity \ˌhī-grə-(ˌ)skä-ˈpi-sə-tē \ noun

First Known Use of hygroscopic

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hygroscopic

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

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hygroscopic

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

Medical Definition of hygroscopic 

: readily taking up and retaining moisture glycerol is hygroscopic

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hygroscopicity \-(ˌ)skäp-ˈis-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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