Definition of humectant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    humectant

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//hjuːˈmektənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuːˈmektənt//
     
    , also NAmE//juːˈmektənt//
     
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  1. 1a substance added to foods to stop them from becoming dry
  2. 2a substance added to skin cream to stop your skin from being dry
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent. (denoting a moistening agent): from Latin humectant- ‘moistening’, from the verb humectare, from humectus ‘moist, wet’, from humere ‘be moist’.
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