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deliquescence

[del-i-kwes-uh ns] /ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs əns/
noun
1.
the act or process of deliquescing.
2.
the substance produced when something deliquesces.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; deliquesce + -ence
Related forms
deliquescent, adjective
nondeliquescence, noun
nondeliquescent, adjective
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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

deliquescence

/ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛsəns/
noun
1.
the process of deliquescing
2.
a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
Derived Forms
deliquescent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for deliquescent
adj.

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)
n.
The process of dissolving or of becoming liquid through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere.

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deliquescent in Science
deliquescent
  (děl'ĭ-kwěs'ənt)   
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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Encyclopedia Article for deliquescent

deliquescence

the process by which a substance absorbs moisture from the atmosphere until it dissolves in the absorbed water and forms a solution. Deliquescence occurs when the vapour pressure of the solution that is formed is less than the partial pressure of water vapour in the air. All soluble salts will deliquesce if the air is sufficiently humid. A substance that absorbs moisture from the air but not necessarily to the point of dissolution is called hygroscopic

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