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Hygroscopic refers to the property of substances to attract and hold moisture from the surrounding atmosphere.


As an adjective:

  1. The hygroscopic nature of salt causes it to clump together when exposed to humidity.
  2. Wood is hygroscopic, which is why it expands or contracts with changes in moisture.
  3. Some food products, like sugar, have hygroscopic properties and can absorb moisture, resulting in clumps or a loss of quality.

As a verb:

  1. The sponge hygroscopically absorbs water from the spilled drink on the table.
  2. The hygroscopic salts in the desiccant packet rapidly absorb excess moisture from the air.
  3. Humidity causes the paper to hygroscopically gain moisture, leading to wrinkling and distortion.

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