Definition of hygroscopic in English:

hygroscopic

Line breaks: hygro|scop¦ic
Pronunciation: /hʌɪgrə(ʊ)ˈskɒpɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a substance) tending to absorb moisture from the air.
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    • Concrete is a hygroscopic material (absorbs moisture from vapor and liquid sources).
    • Gases and non-aqueous liquids can be dehydrated by passing them over or through a hygroscopic substance, one that readily absorbs water.
    • Salts are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb ambient humidity to keep the road surface moist and hold fine particles together.
  • 1.1Relating to humidity or its measurement.
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    • During the winter, heat and moisture are recovered from the outgoing air, and hygroscopic thermal wheels condition incoming air.
    • The main advantages of using hygroscopic dilators include outpatient placement and no FHR-monitoring requirements.
    • The capsule is somewhat hygroscopic, and thus size of the opening is dependent on relative humidity.

Derivatives

hygroscopically

adverb
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  • Most preferably, the hygroscopically sensitive material is a hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
  • The peristome teeth operate hygroscopically to move the diaphragm up into the wind.
  • They are said to be safe from folk stealing bits of them because the crystals dissolve into mush hygroscopically.

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