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siccative

[sik-uh-tiv] /ˈsɪk ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
causing or promoting absorption of moisture; drying.
noun
2.
a siccative substance, especially in paint.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin siccātīvus, equivalent to Latin siccāt(us) (past participle of siccāre to dry up; see sack3, -ate1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
antisiccative, adjective
nonsiccative, adjective, noun
unsiccative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antisiccative

siccative

/ˈsɪkətɪv/
noun
1.
a substance added to a liquid to promote drying: used in paints and some medicines
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin siccātīvus, from Latin siccāre to dry up, from siccus dry
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Word Origin and History for antisiccative

siccative

adj.

1540s, from Late Latin siccativus "drying, siccative," from Latin siccatus, past participle of siccare "to dry, make dry; dry up," from siccus "dry, thirsty; without rain," from PIE root *seikw- "to flow out" (cf. Avestan hiku- "dry," Greek iskhnos "dry, withered," Lithuanian seklus "shallow," Middle Irish sesc "dry," Sanskrit sincati "makes dry"). The noun is first recorded 1825.

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antisiccative in Medicine

siccative sic·ca·tive (sĭk'ə-tĭv)
n.
A substance added to some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

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