Hygroscopic

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Description

A material that readily absorbs and retains moisture. Examples of hygroscopic materials are silica gel, lithium chloride, calcium chloride, paper, and cotton.

Note: The term 'hydroscopic' which means viewing an object under water, is often incorrectly used.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hygroscope; hygroskopisch (Deut.); hygroscopque (Fr.); higroscópico (Port.)