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  1. an apparatus for drying fruit, milk, etc.
  2. Chemistry.
    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.
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Origin of desiccator

First recorded in 1830–40; desiccate + -or2
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  1. any apparatus for drying milk, fruit, etc
  2. 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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