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intr.v. del·i·quesced, del·i·quesc·ing, del·i·quesc·es
a. To melt away.
b. To disappear as if by melting.
2. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
3. Botany
a. To become fluid or soft on maturing, as certain fungal structures.
b. To branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the trunk of an elm.

[Latin dēliquēscere : dē-, de- + liquēscere, to melt, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.]

del′i·ques′cence n.
del′i·ques′cent adj.


1. (Chemistry) the process of deliquescing
2. (Chemistry) a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
ˌdeliˈquescent adj


(ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs əns)

1. the act or process of deliquescing.
2. the substance produced when something deliquesces.
del`i•ques′cent, adj.


1. the process of melting away or becoming moist from absorbing moisture from the air.
2. the liquid substance so formed. Cf. efflorescence. — deliquescent, adj.
See also: Processes
the property of a substance to attract and absorb moisture, especially from the air. Cf. efflorescence. — deliquescent, adj.
See also: Water


The way in which a solid substance absorbs water from the atmosphere. The process can continue until the substance passes into solution.
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