Scott, Robert L. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, California.
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The absorption of atmospheric water vapor by a crystalline solid until the crystal eventually dissolves into a saturated solution. This behavior is well known for certain salts such as hydrated calcium chloride, CaCl2 · 6H2O, and zinc chloride, ZnCl2, but it is a property of all soluble salts in air of sufficiently high humidity.
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