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[des-i-key-ter] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪ tər/
an apparatus for drying fruit, milk, etc.
  1. an apparatus for absorbing the moisture present in a chemical substance.
  2. an airtight, usually glass container containing calcium chloride or some other drying agent for absorbing the moisture of another substance placed in the container.
Origin of desiccator
1830-40; desiccate + -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for desiccator
  • Attach desiccator unit to last impinger of the train.
  • Transfer the coated adsorbent to a suitable container and store it in a vacuum desiccator at room temperature overnight.
  • After evaporation of the solvent on a hot plate and cooling in a desiccator, the fat is weighed and fat content calculated.
  • Remove the sample from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature in a desiccator.
  • When the desiccator is opened, a high concentration of solvent vapor is usually emitted.
  • Take the porcelain drying dishes from the oven and place them in a desiccator to cool to room temperature.
  • Place rack in a desiccator, purge desiccator with nitrogen and allow filters to dry overnight.
  • Included is a spirit level, adjustable leveling screws and a desiccator which can be readily inspected.
  • When dried, the samples were placed in a desiccator to cool and then weighed.
  • Examination surfaces are ground and polished prior to overnight drying in a desiccator.
British Dictionary definitions for desiccator


any apparatus for drying milk, fruit, etc
an airtight box or jar containing a desiccant, used to dry chemicals and protect them from the water vapour in the atmosphere
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