deliquescence

[del-i-kwes-uhns]
noun
1.
the act or process of deliquescing.
2.
the substance produced when something deliquesces.

Origin:
1750–60; deliquesce + -ence

deliquescent, adjective
nondeliquescence, noun
nondeliquescent, adjective
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deliquescence (ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛsəns)
 
n
1.  the process of deliquescing
2.  a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
 
deliquescent
 
adj

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deliquescent
1791, in chemistry, from L. deliquescentem, prp. of deliquescere (see deliquesce). General use dates from 1866.
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deliquescence del·i·ques·cence (děl'ĭ-kwěs'əns)
n.
The process of dissolving or of becoming liquid through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere.

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deliquescent   (děl'ĭ-kwěs'ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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