re·​pel·​len·​cy | \ ri-ˈpe-lən(t)-sē How to pronounce repellency (audio) \

Definition of repellency

: the quality or capacity of repelling

Examples of repellency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The durable water repellency of non-fluorinated offerings hasn’t held up in field tests. Elizabeth Miller, Outside Online, 23 Feb. 2015 Our pros put waterproof mattress protectors to the test, evaluating washability, shrinkage after laundering, water repellency, hand feel and noise when crinkled. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 In our Lab tests, this pick showed minimal shrinkage and aced our water-repellency tests with no water seeping through from the top layer to the back. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 But that residue traps oils, odors, and dirt, and can inhibit properties like moisture wicking or water repellency. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 17 July 2021 Mosquito experiments showed the chemicals work best when combined: EBF activates Or31, and pyrethrins enhance repellency by intensifying nerve signaling. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 Dong and her colleagues next plan to investigate the neural circuits behind the repellency induced by pyrethrum and similar natural substances. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 Sure, the jacket stained quickly due to the lack of stain repellency, which is almost always achieved through a toxic PFAS coating, so good riddance. Alden Wicker, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 The modern wool and cotton blends fleece for warmth, Gore-tex for water repellency, and Kevlar for bullet-resistant helmets and vests all provide modern soldiers with the gear to operate in the toughest conditions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of repellency

1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repellency

repell(ent) entry 1 + -ency

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“Repellency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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