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lorian's picture

Does anyone know the term for the way that sugar, if left uncovered, absorbs moisture from the air?  Hydro....something?  I know I read it in FC somewhere, and mentioned this action to a friend who is a real word fanatic, and couldn't think of the term.  Now, the race is on to see who can find it first!


Thanks in advance.

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63375, reply #1 of 12)

hygroscopic

lorian's picture

(post #63375, reply #2 of 12)

I was hoping you were still on-line, because I just knew you'd have the answer!  Thanks so much.

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63375, reply #3 of 12)

Isn't it hydroscopic?  If not, I've been lying to people for years.  ; )


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ashleyd's picture

(post #63375, reply #4 of 12)

No the word is hygroscopic, consider yourself (unintentionally) untruthful!


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Biscuits's picture

(post #63375, reply #5 of 12)

No, it's definitely "hygroscopic" which has to do with retaining moisture from conditions of humidity and temperature.

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63375, reply #6 of 12)

Oh, the horror!  Thanks for setting me right, everyone.


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63375, reply #7 of 12)

If it makes you feel any better, I double-checked the spelling in Webster's before I posted.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63375, reply #8 of 12)

That does make me feel better!!  ; )

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

MadMom's picture

(post #63375, reply #9 of 12)

And I, too, thought it was hydroscopic, but I kept my mouth shut to avoid opening it and confirming my ignorance!  (For once!!)

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ashleyd's picture

(post #63375, reply #10 of 12)

Smart move! I happened to know this one because in a previous career I used to tend a weather station which measured moisture content in the air (humidity) using a hygrometer.


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Biscuits's picture

(post #63375, reply #11 of 12)

Hey, don't feel bad (G).  It's one of the very VERY few bits of grammar I actually know! (lol)  And the only reason I know it is from baking classes.  Having to write it a billion times, it gets branded into your head.

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iguana667's picture

(post #63375, reply #12 of 12)

Just to add on here, the process of pulling water from the air is deliquescence (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=deliquescence). 'Hygroscopic' describes a property of the material itself (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=hygroscopic). So, I put a beaker full of hygroscopic material out in the humid air and it deliquesced into a puddle of water. Not that there's any humid air here in Chicago these days. Desiccation anyone?