deliquesce [del΄i kwes′]
deliquesced, deliquescing [L deliquescere < de-, from + liquescere, to melt, inchoative of liquere, to be LIQUID]
1. to melt away
2. Biol.
a) to melt away in the course of growth or decay, as parts of certain fungi
b) to branch into many fine divisions, as leaf veins
3. Chem. to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air

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  • Deliquesce — Del i*quesce , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Deliquesced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deliquescing}.] [L. deliquescere to melt, dissolve; de + liquescere to become fluid, melt, fr. liquere to be fluid. See {Liquid}.] (Chem.) To dissolve gradually and become liquid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • deliquesce — 1756, in chemistry, from L. deliquescere to melt away, from DE (Cf. de ) (see DE (Cf. de )) + liquescere to melt, from liquere to be liquid (see LIQUID (Cf. liquid)). General use dates from 1858 …   Etymology dictionary

  • deliquesce — *liquefy, melt, fuse, thaw Analogous words: *decay, decompose, disintegrate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deliquesce — ► VERB 1) (of organic matter) become liquid, typically during decomposition. 2) Chemistry (of a solid) become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air. DERIVATIVES deliquescence noun deliquescent adjective. ORIGIN Latin deliquescere dissolve …   English terms dictionary

  • deliquesce — intransitive verb ( quesced; quescing) Etymology: Latin deliquescere, from de + liquescere, inchoative of liquēre to be fluid more at liquid Date: 1756 1. to dissolve or melt away 2. to become soft or liquid with age used of plant structures (as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deliquesce — /del i kwes /, v.i., deliquesced, deliquescing. 1. to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts. 2. to melt away. 3. Bot. to form many small divisions or branches. [1750 60; < L deliquescere to become liquid, equiv. to de …   Universalium

  • deliquesce — verb a) To melt and disappear. b) To become liquid by absorbing water from the atmosphere. See Also: deliquescence, deliquescent …   Wiktionary

  • deliquesce — To undergo deliquescence …   Medical dictionary

  • deliquesce — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To change from a solid to a liquid: dissolve, flux, fuse, liquefy, melt, run, thaw. See SOLID …   English dictionary for students

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