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[des-i-keyt] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), desiccated, desiccating.
to dry thoroughly; dry up.
to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
verb (used without object), desiccated, desiccating.
to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
Origin of desiccate
1565-75; < Latin dēsiccātus dried up, past participle of dēsiccāre, equivalent to dē- de- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry; see -ate1
Related forms
desiccation, noun
desiccative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for desiccate
  • Trees lose their leaves so that they don't desiccate.
  • Three factors are working to desiccate the landscape.
  • In hands other than his, however, such concepts have tended to desiccate how politics is treated.
  • Gathered vines can be piled up and allowed to desiccate and rot which will occur quickly, in a matter of days.
  • Their size and clustering restrict the wind and its ability to desiccate.
  • desiccate to constant weight to obtain the initial tare weight.
  • If not in flower, pulled material can be left on-site to desiccate and disintegrate.
  • In addition, cuttings tend to desiccate and die back some distance from the base during storage.
  • Salts desiccate plants and can become toxic to many plant species.
  • The bed bugs desiccate and die within a couple of days.
British Dictionary definitions for desiccate


(transitive) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
(transitive) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
(intransitive) to become dried up
Derived Forms
desiccation, noun
desiccative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry
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Word Origin and History for desiccate

1570s (past participle adjective desicatt is attested from early 15c.), from Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare "to make very dry" (see desiccation). Related: Desiccated; desiccating.

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desiccate in Medicine

desiccate des·ic·cate (děs'ĭ-kāt')
v. des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates
To dry thoroughly; render free from moisture.

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desiccate in Science
To remove the moisture from something or dry it thoroughly. ◇ A desiccator is a container that removes moisture from the air within it. ◇ A desiccator contains a desiccant, a substance that traps or absorbs water molecules. Some desiccants include silica gel (silicon dioxide), calcium sulfate (dehydrated gypsum), calcium oxide (calcined lime), synthetic molecular sieves (porous crystalline aluminosilicates), and dried clay.
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