- to dry thoroughly; dry up.
- to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
- to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
Origin of desiccate
Examples from the Web for desiccation
The aridness, the desiccation, the lifelessness of everything about was somehow shocking.Sand Doom
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The physical disinfectants are sunlight, desiccation, and heat.
The nitrate beds are thus essentially a product of desiccation.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
In fine, tanning is still a preparatory method for desiccation.
Desiccation and immersion in liquids are the only means of preservation.
- (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
Word Origin and History for desiccation
early 15c., from Middle French desiccation or directly from Late Latin desiccationem (nominative desiccatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin desiccare "to make very dry," from de- "thoroughly" + siccare "to dry" (see siccative).
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.
- The process of being desiccated.
- To dry thoroughly; render free from moisture.
- 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.