- to dry thoroughly; dry up.
- to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
- to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
Origin of desiccate
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Examples from the Web for desiccate
And aint I the owner of that news, and should I not desiccate it if I can?Molly Brown's Post-Graduate Days
The effect of that would be to desiccate the human species in human conceit.Marse Henry (Vol. 2)
Another effect of the over heating of the stove is to desiccate or parch the air, and to render it irritating when breathed.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
To desiccate him in my laboratory with the quasi certainty of resuscitating him after the restoration of peace.The Man With The Broken Ear
- (tr) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
- (tr) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
- (intr) to become dried up
C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry
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Word Origin and History for desiccate
1570s (past participle adjective desicatt is attested from early 15c.), from Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare "to make very dry" (see desiccation). Related: Desiccated; desiccating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To dry thoroughly; render free from moisture.
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- To remove the moisture from something or dry it thoroughly.♦ A desiccator is a container that removes moisture from the air within it.♦ A desiccator contains a desiccant, a substance that traps or absorbs water molecules. Some desiccants include silica gel (silicon dioxide), calcium sulfate (dehydrated gypsum), calcium oxide (calcined lime), synthetic molecular sieves (porous crystalline aluminosilicates), and dried clay.
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