to dry thoroughly; dry up.
to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
- des·ic·ca·tion, noun
- des·ic·ca·tive, adjective
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How to use desiccate in a sentence
Always, then, when we succeed in preserving from putrefaction this animal part, the other parts will be disposed to desiccation.History of Embalming | J. N. Gannal
These are natural mummies, or the result of simple desiccation, the skin resembling leather.History of Embalming | J. N. Gannal
The desiccation of Central Asia is still going on, as is also probably the upheaval of a great part of the continent.
We must not omit that union of the parts of bodies which is the principal cause of induration and desiccation.Novum Organum | Francis Bacon
This is the "grama" or "buffalo-grass," and, despite its look of utter desiccation, is highly nutritious.
British Dictionary definitions for desiccate
(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
- desiccation, noun
- desiccative, adjective
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Scientific definitions for desiccate
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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