verb (used with object), des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing.
verb (used without object), des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing.
Origin of desiccate
Related Words for desiccationdrought, dehydration, lack, scarcity, melting, dispersal, insufficiency, dearth, deficiency, want, need, aridity, evanescence, disappearance, escape, dissipation, fading, vaporization, exsiccation, dispelling
Examples from the Web for desiccation
Historical Examples of desiccation
The aridness, the desiccation, the lifelessness of everything about was somehow shocking.Sand Doom
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The physical disinfectants are sunlight, desiccation, and heat.
The nitrate beds are thus essentially a product of desiccation.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
In fine, tanning is still a preparatory method for desiccation.
Desiccation and immersion in liquids are the only means of preservation.
Word Origin for desiccate
early 15c., from Middle French desiccation or directly from Late Latin desiccationem (nominative desiccatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin desiccare "to make very dry," from de- "thoroughly" + siccare "to dry" (see siccative).
1570s (past participle adjective desicatt is attested from early 15c.), from Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare "to make very dry" (see desiccation). Related: Desiccated; desiccating.