hygroscopic moisture

hygroscopic moisture
noun or hygroscopic water
: moisture held firmly as a film on soil particles and not responding to capillary action

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  • Hygroscopic — Hy gro*scop ic, a. [Cf. F. hygroscopique.] 1. Of or pertaining to, or indicated by, the hygroscope; not readily manifest to the senses, but capable of detection by the hygroscope; as, glass is often covered with a film of hygroscopic moisture.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hygroscopic water — noun see hygroscopic moisture …   Useful english dictionary

  • hygroscopic — [hī΄grō skäp′ik, hī΄grəskäp′ik] adj. 1. a) attracting or absorbing moisture from the air b) changed or altered by the absorption of moisture 2. of or according to a hygroscope hygroscopically adv. hygroscopicity [hī΄grōskō pis′ə tē, hī΄grəskō… …   English World dictionary

  • hygroscopic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to absorb moisture from the air. DERIVATIVES hygroscopically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • hygroscopic — Denoting a substance capable of readily absorbing and retaining moisture; e.g., NaOH, CaCl2. * * * hy·gro·scop·ic .hī grə skäp ik adj readily taking up and retaining moisture <glycerol is hygroscopic> hy·gro·scop·ic·i·ty (.)skäp is ət ē n,… …   Medical dictionary

  • hygroscopic — adj. [Gr. hygros, wet; skopein, to view] Moisture sensitive; retaining moisture; accumulating moisture …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • hygroscopic — [1] Something that tends to absorb moisture [2] Ability of a substance to absorb and release moisture and change physical dimensions as its moisture content changes …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • hygroscopic — adjective Etymology: hygroscope, an instrument showing changes in humidity + 1 ic; from the use of such materials in the hygroscope Date: 1790 1. readily taking up and retaining moisture 2. taken up and retained under some conditions of humidity… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hygroscopic —    Having the capability of absorbing moisture. Examples of hygroscopic materials include textiles, woods, and papers …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • hygroscopic — hy·gro·scop·ic || ‚haɪgrəʊ skÉ‘pɪk / skÉ’p adj. absorbing moisture from the air, sensitive to moisture …   English contemporary dictionary

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