[ des-i-key-tid ]
/ ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪ tɪd /


dehydrated or powdered: desiccated coconut.

Origin of desiccated

First recorded in 1670–80; desiccate + -ed2

Related forms

un·des·ic·cat·ed, adjective

Definition for desiccated (2 of 2)


[ des-i-keyt ]
/ ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing.

to dry thoroughly; dry up.
to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.

verb (used without object), des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing.

to become thoroughly dried or dried up.

Origin of desiccate

1565–75; < Latin dēsiccātus dried up, past participle of dēsiccāre, equivalent to dē- de- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry; see -ate1

Related forms

des·ic·ca·tion, noundes·ic·ca·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for desiccated (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdɛsɪˌkeɪtɪd) /


dehydrated and powdereddesiccated coconut
lacking in spirit or animation

British Dictionary definitions for desiccated (2 of 2)


/ (ˈdɛsɪˌkeɪt) /


(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

desiccation, noundesiccative, adjective

Word Origin for desiccate

C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry
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Medicine definitions for desiccated


[ dĕsĭ-kāt′ ]


To dry thoroughly; render free from moisture.
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Science definitions for desiccated


[ dĕsĭ-kāt′ ]

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.
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