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[del-i-kwes-uh ns] /ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs əns/
the act or process of deliquescing.
the substance produced when something deliquesces.
Origin of deliquescence
1750-60; deliquesce + -ence
Related forms
deliquescent, adjective
nondeliquescence, noun
nondeliquescent, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deliquescent
  • deliquescent materials of interest are fructose-citric acid and sucrose-sodium chloride mixtures.
  • Colorless oily liquid or deliquescent crystals with a sour odor.
  • Nickel nitrate is an odorless, green, deliquescent powder or crystalline substance.
  • Yellow-pink or white deliquescent crystals, flakes or lumps.
  • deliquescent-dissolves and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
British Dictionary definitions for deliquescent


the process of deliquescing
a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
Derived Forms
deliquescent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for deliquescent

1791, in chemistry, from Latin deliquescentem (nominative deliquescens), present participle of deliquescere (see deliquesce). General use dates from 1866. Related: Deliquescence.

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deliquescent in Medicine

deliquescence del·i·ques·cence (děl'ĭ-kwěs'əns)
The process of dissolving or of becoming liquid through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere.

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deliquescent in Science
Relating to a solid substance that absorbs moisture from the air and becomes liquid. Deliquescent substances usually absorb so much moisture from the air that they form a strong solution. Potassium hydroxide is deliquescent.
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