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[des-i-kuh nt] /ˈdɛs ɪ kənt/
desiccating or drying, as a medicine.
a desiccant substance or agent.
Origin of desiccant
1670-80; < Latin dēsiccant-, stem of dēsiccāns, present participle of dēsiccāre to dry up. See desiccate, -ant Unabridged
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Examples from the web for desiccant
  • Another interesting heat to cool technology is desiccant cooling.
  • Silica gel is a desiccant, and the purpose of a desiccant is to absorb or adsorb gaseous water vapor.
  • Water absorption is inevitably slower, though, whenever the desiccant is coated with or submerged in oil.
  • Low pressure air feed systems use a heat reactivated desiccant dryer.
  • The liquid desiccant waterfall, which serves as a design feature and provides humidity control.
  • Records can be desiccant dried at vendor's facility, or desiccant drying equipment can be rented and installed on site.
  • Use anti-desiccant spray when planting seedlings, transplanting nursery stock, or in the fall to protect exposed plants.
  • Both sensible-only wheels and total energy wheels, sometimes referred to as desiccant wheels, are available.
  • The desiccant shall be a permanent integral part of the structure.
  • Reactivation air is drawn trough the desiccant wheel by a centrifugal type fan.
British Dictionary definitions for desiccant


desiccating or drying
a substance, such as calcium oxide, that absorbs water and is used to remove moisture; a drying agent
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate
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desiccant in Medicine

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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