deliquium (plural deliquiums)
- (chemistry) Liquefaction through absorption of moisture from the air.
- (pathology) An abrupt loss of consciousness usually caused by an insufficient blood flow to the brain; fainting.
1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, vol.1, New York, 2001, p.387:
- If he be locked in a close room, he is afraid of being stifled for want of air, and still carries biscuit, aquavitæ, or some strong waters about him, for fear of deliquiums, or being sick […].
- (literary, figuratively) A languid, maudlin mood.
- (rare) An abrupt absence of sunlight, e.g. caused by an eclipse.