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desiccate

[des-i-keyt] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), desiccated, desiccating.
1.
to dry thoroughly; dry up.
2.
to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
verb (used without object), desiccated, desiccating.
3.
to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
Origin
1565-1575
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
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Examples from the web for desiccation
  • desiccation by itself imperiled animals forced to come to the remaining sources of water.
  • Microorganisms are often preserved commercially and in the laboratory using techniques that involve desiccation.
  • Fluids secreted through the skin of ancestral mammals could have protected the eggs from drought and desiccation.
  • The heat and desiccation of sunlight strained the surface of the fossil.
  • The desiccation of the landscape here is the new reality.
British Dictionary definitions for desiccation

desiccate

/ˈdɛsɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
2.
(transitive) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
3.
(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 desiccation
n.

early 15c., from Middle French desiccation or directly from Late Latin desiccationem (nominative desiccatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin desiccare "to make very dry," from de- "thoroughly" + siccare "to dry" (see siccative).

desiccate

v.

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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desiccation 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.

desiccation des·ic·ca·tion (děs'ĭ-kā'shən)
n.
The process of being desiccated.


des'ic·ca'tive (-tĭv) adj.
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desiccation in Science
desiccate
  (děs'ĭ-kāt')   
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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