Definition of deliquesce in English:


Syllabification: del·i·quesce
Pronunciation: /ˌdeliˈkwes


[no object]
  • 1(Of organic matter) become liquid, typically during decomposition.
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    • Leave somewhere warm for several days to allow the mushrooms to deliquesce.
  • 1.1 Chemistry (Of a solid) become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
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    • In situ aerosol pH is the pH value of deliquesced aerosols in the atmosphere.
    • It is necessary, however, to be packed in a container, since the salt is deliquesced with absorption of moisture in air.


mid 18th century: from Latin deliquescere 'dissolve', from de- 'down' + liquescere 'become liquid' (from liquere 'be liquid').

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