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desiccant

[des-i-kuh nt]
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adjective
  1. desiccating or drying, as a medicine.
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noun
  1. a desiccant substance or agent.
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Origin of desiccant

1670–80; < Latin dēsiccant-, stem of dēsiccāns, present participle of dēsiccāre to dry up. See desiccate, -ant
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Related Words for desiccant

dusty, arid, torrid, parched, barren, bare, stale, impoverished, drained, exhausted, sear, desert, bald, baked, sapped, desiccant, shriveled, desiccated, anhydrous, athirst

British Dictionary definitions for desiccant

desiccant

adjective
  1. desiccating or drying
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noun
  1. a substance, such as calcium oxide, that absorbs water and is used to remove moisture; a drying agent
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Word Origin for desiccant

C17: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate
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desiccant in Medicine

desiccant

(dĕsĭ-kənt)
n.
  1. A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
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adj.
  1. Causing or promoting dryness.
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