[ des-i-key-ter ]
/ ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪ tər /


an apparatus for drying fruit, milk, etc.
  1. an apparatus for absorbing the moisture present in a chemical substance.
  2. an airtight, usually glass container containing calcium chloride or some other drying agent for absorbing the moisture of another substance placed in the container.

Origin of desiccator

First recorded in 1830–40; desiccate + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for desiccator

/ (ˈdɛsɪˌkeɪtə) /


any apparatus for drying milk, fruit, etc
an airtight box or jar containing a desiccant, used to dry chemicals and protect them from the water vapour in the atmosphere
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