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

hygroscopicity

play \ˌhī-grə-(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

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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

hygroscopicity

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

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