[ des-i-kuhnt ]
/ ˈdɛs ɪ kənt /
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desiccating or drying, as a medicine.
a desiccant substance or agent.
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Example sentences from the Web for desiccant
The desiccant absorbs it, keeping the glass clear — until the desiccant stops working.Cloudy double-pane windows are to be expected with time|Jeanne Huber|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Alive or dead, the gunk was the most powerful desiccant I'd ever heard of.The Water Eater|Win Marks
British Dictionary definitions for desiccant
/ (ˈdɛsɪkənt) /
desiccating or drying
a substance, such as calcium oxide, that absorbs water and is used to remove moisture; a drying agent
Word Origin for desiccant
C17: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate
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Medical definitions for desiccant
[ dĕs′ĭ-kənt ]
A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
Causing or promoting dryness.
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