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A substance that promotes retention of moisture.
Promoting retention of moisture.

[From Latin hūmectāns, hūmectānt-, present participle of hūmectāre, to moisten, from hūmectus, moist, from hūmēre, to be moist.]
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(Chemistry) producing moisture
(Chemistry) a substance added to another substance to keep it moist
[C17: from Latin ūmectāre to wet, from ūmēre to be moist, from ūmor moisture; see humour]
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(hyuˈmɛk tənt; often yu-)

1. a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain moisture, as glycerol.
2. moistening; diluting.
[1650–60; < Latin hūmectant-, s. of (h)ūmectāns, present participle of (h)ūmectāre to moisten, derivative of (h)ūmectus moist, damp]
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Noun1.humectant - any substance that is added to another substance to keep it moist
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
propanediol, propylene glycol - a sweet colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze and in brake fluid and also as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care items although it can be absorbed through the skin with harmful effects
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Why it works: Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws water from the inner tissues to the outer layers of the skin.
The second, US 10,213,368 B2 (Xiaoxiao Li, Yujun Li, Ross Strand, Andrew Frederic Broth, William Michael Glandorf, Steven Carl Burgess, Xiujun Xu), covers an oral care composition that contains a stannous chloride source; a thickening agent consisting of carrageenan and xanthan gum; water; a humectant selected from the group consisting of glycerin, sorbitol, xylitol, butylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and combinations thereof; a dental abrasive consisting of precipitated silica; and a fluoride ion source.
To keep your face hydrated, look for a mist with humectant ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid, which draw moisture back to the skin.
With a natural humectant activity and lustre boosting action, a beer shampoo can give your hair the shine you have always wanted.
The humectant properties of honey made it the perfect choice," commented Teneya Gholston, director of marketing for Creme of Nature.
Look for products containing glycerin, a humectant, which pulls moisture into the hair.
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it hydrates the skin by drawing in moisture from the air.
It is a humectant, meaning it can bind water to the skin to increase hydration, and also improve its softness and elasticity.
It is a natural humectant - a substance used to retain moisture - that can hydrate skin and boost firmness and plumpness.
From the point of view of nasal sprays, it provides a "cooling sensation" and is a humectant so it encourages moisture retention.
An appropriate choice of humectant is therefore a prerequisite for preserving the intermediately moistened texture of such jerky products.