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[des-i-key-tid] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
dehydrated or powdered:
desiccated coconut.
Origin of desiccated
First recorded in 1670-80; desiccate + -ed2
Related forms
undesiccated, adjective


[des-i-keyt] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), desiccated, desiccating.
to dry thoroughly; dry up.
to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
verb (used without object), desiccated, desiccating.
to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
1565-75; < Latin dēsiccātus dried up, past participle of dēsiccāre, equivalent to dē- de- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry; see -ate1
Related forms
desiccation, noun
desiccative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for desiccated
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  • Everywhere there was the same torpor, the same wornout, desiccated life in death.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • A good brand of desiccated eggs is the solution of this problem.

  • They were not yet desiccated, but appeared as if freshly cut off from the bodies to which they belonged.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • Again the desiccated titter of Cousin Edith's mirth sounded.

    Rich Relatives Compton Mackenzie
  • They had a desiccated look and were stuck worse than ever to the bottom.

    The Water Eater Win Marks
  • Slavin glanced at the desiccated fragments, and turned to the miners.

    Delilah of the Snows Harold Bindloss
  • Far be it from me to fall into such a desiccated and supercilious mood.

    Fisherman's Luck Henry van Dyke
  • And then, on the windowsill, we found the dead and desiccated corpse of a swallow.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley
  • The desiccated mummy of a rat alone rewarded their scrutiny.

    The Grey Room Eden Phillpotts
British Dictionary definitions for desiccated


dehydrated and powdered: desiccated coconut
lacking in spirit or animation


(transitive) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
(transitive) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
(intransitive) to become dried up
Derived Forms
desiccation, noun
desiccative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry
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Word Origin and History for desiccated

1670s, past participle adjective from 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.

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desiccated in Medicine

desiccate des·ic·cate (děs'ĭ-kāt')
v. des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates
To dry thoroughly; render free from moisture.

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desiccated in Science
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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