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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.]
(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]
hu•mec•tant(hyuˈmɛk tənt; often yu-)
1. a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain moisture, as glycerol.adj.
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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|Noun||1.||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"