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[ek-si-keyt] /ˈɛk sɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), exsiccated, exsiccating.
to dry or remove the moisture from, as a substance.
to dry up, as moisture.
verb (used without object), exsiccated, exsiccating.
to dry up.
Origin of exsiccate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin exsiccātus dried up, past participle of exsiccāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + siccāre to dry, make dry; see -ate1
Related forms
exsiccation, noun
exsiccative, adjective
exsiccator, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exsiccation


to dry up; desiccate
Derived Forms
exsiccation, noun
exsiccative, adjective
exsiccator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exsiccāre, from siccus dry
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exsiccation in Medicine

exsiccation ex·sic·ca·tion (ěk'sĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The process of being dried up; desiccation.

  2. Removal of water of crystallization.

exsiccate ex·sic·cate (ěk'sĭ-kāt')
v. ex·sic·cat·ed, ex·sic·cat·ing, ex·sic·cates
To dry up or cause to dry up; desiccate.

ex'sic·ca'tor n.
ex'sic·ca'tive adj.
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