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desiccate

[ des-i-keyt ]
/ 藞d蓻s 瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), des路ic路cat路ed, des路ic路cat路ing.
to dry thoroughly; dry up.
to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
verb (used without object), des路ic路cat路ed, des路ic路cat路ing.
to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
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Origin of desiccate

1565鈥75; <Latin d膿sicc膩tus dried up, past participle of d膿sicc膩re, equivalent to d膿-de- + sicc膩re, derivative of siccus dry; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM desiccate

des路ic路ca路tion, noundes路ic路ca路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for desiccate

desiccate
/ (藞d蓻s瑟藢ke瑟t) /

verb
(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

Derived forms of desiccate

desiccation, noundesiccative, adjective

Word Origin for desiccate

C16: from Latin d膿sicc膩re to dry up, from de- + sicc膩re to dry, from siccus dry
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Medical definitions for desiccate

desiccate
[ d臅s沫-k膩t鈥 ]

v.
To dry thoroughly; render free from moisture.
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Scientific definitions for desiccate

desiccate
[ d臅s沫-k膩t鈥 ]

To remove the moisture from something or dry it thoroughly.鈾 A desiccator is a container that removes moisture from the air within it.鈾 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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