desiccating or drying, as a medicine.
a desiccant substance or agent.

1670–80; < Latin dēsiccant-, stem of dēsiccāns, present participle of dēsiccāre to dry up. See desiccate, -ant Unabridged
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desiccant (ˈdɛsɪkənt)
1.  desiccating or drying
2.  a substance, such as calcium oxide, that absorbs water and is used to remove moisture; a drying agent
[C17: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate]

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desiccant des·ic·cant (děs'ĭ-kənt)
A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent. adj.
Causing or promoting dryness.

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Another interesting heat to cool technology is desiccant cooling.
Low pressure air feed systems use a heat reactivated desiccant dryer.
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Records can be desiccant dried at vendor's facility, or desiccant drying
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