[ ek-si-keyt ]
/ ˈɛk sɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·sic·cat·ed, ex·sic·cat·ing.

to dry or remove the moisture from, as a substance.
to dry up, as moisture.

verb (used without object), ex·sic·cat·ed, ex·sic·cat·ing.

to dry up.

Origin of exsiccate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin exsiccātus dried up, past participle of exsiccāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + siccāre to dry, make dry; see -ate1
Related formsex·sic·ca·tion, nounex·sic·ca·tive, adjectiveex·sic·ca·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exsiccator


/ (ˈɛksɪˌkeɪt) /


to dry up; desiccate

Derived Formsexsiccation, nounexsiccative, adjectiveexsiccator, noun

Word Origin for exsiccate

C15: from Latin exsiccāre, from siccus dry
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Medicine definitions for exsiccator


[ ĕksĭ-kāt′ ]


To dry up or cause to dry up; desiccate.

Related formsexsic•ca′tor n.
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