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desiccant

[des-i-kuh nt] /ˈdɛs ɪ kənt/
adjective
1.
desiccating or drying, as a medicine.
noun
2.
a desiccant substance or agent.
Origin of desiccant
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin dēsiccant-, stem of dēsiccāns, present participle of dēsiccāre to dry up. See desiccate, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for desiccant

desiccant

/ˈdɛsɪkənt/
adjective
1.
desiccating or drying
noun
2.
a substance, such as calcium oxide, that absorbs water and is used to remove moisture; a drying agent
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate
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desiccant in Medicine

desiccant des·ic·cant (děs'ĭ-kənt)
n.
A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent. adj.
Causing or promoting dryness.

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