Humectant meaning

hyo͝o-mĕktənt
Promoting retention of moisture.
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A substance that promotes retention of moisture.
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A substance, as glycerol, added or applied to another to help it retain moisture.
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Any substance that promotes the retention of water, especially one used to keep a food product moist.
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Origin of humectant

  • From Latin hūmectāns hūmectānt- present participle of hūmectāre to moisten from hūmectus moist from hūmēre to be moist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition