hy·​gro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌhī-grə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce hygroscopic (audio) \

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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Other Words from hygroscopic

hygroscopicity \ ˌhī-​grə-​(ˌ)skä-​ˈpi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hygroscopic (audio) \ noun

Examples of hygroscopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These won’t cause any skin irritation and are hygroscopic, anti-static, ventilated, and comfortable to lay on. Chris Hachey, BGR, 17 Mar. 2021 The term often used to describe sugar’s ability to attract water is hygroscopic. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2020 These hydrogels have also been used for absorption— hygroscopic compounds are typically used in refrigeration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 14 Mar. 2019 The Texas team focused on combining the abilities of an especially absorbent hydrogel known as hygroscopic polypyrrole chloride with one that is reacts to heat called isopropylacrylamide. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 14 Mar. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hygroscopic. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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hy·​gro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌhī-grə-ˈskäp-ik How to pronounce hygroscopic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hygroscopic

: readily taking up and retaining moisture glycerol is hygroscopic

Other Words from hygroscopic

hygroscopicity \ -​(ˌ)skäp-​ˈis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hygroscopic (audio) \ noun, plural hygroscopicities


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