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[des-i-key-tid] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
dehydrated or powdered:
desiccated coconut.
Origin of desiccated
1670-80; desiccate + -ed2
Related forms
undesiccated, adjective


[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.
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 desiccated
  • Her desiccated remains are covered with red pigment and bear tattoos of patterns and mythological figures.
  • Ranchers are staring at dry water holes and desiccated pasture, forcing them either to sell cattle or buy feed.
  • There were what appeared to be desiccated river systems.
  • After an arduous climb, they discovered scattered debris, along with a desiccated left arm and attached hand in the ice.
  • Still retaining a bit of moisture, grilled cod and salmon escaped the flames in time, but on two tries the halibut was desiccated.
  • He established boards to oversee the marketing of the nation's chief product, copra, which is desiccated coconut.
  • It smolders in secret for a few days, consuming dead wood and desiccated brush.
  • Perhaps my dosage was too low, or my nutmeg too desiccated.
  • The skin of many of the dead was mummified with dark discoloration, and exposed muscles were cooked rather than desiccated.
British Dictionary definitions for desiccated


dehydrated and powdered: desiccated coconut
lacking in spirit or animation


(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 desiccated

1670s, past participle adjective from 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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desiccated 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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desiccated 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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