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silica gel

noun, Chemistry
1.
a highly adsorbent gelatinous form of silica, used chiefly as a dehumidifying and dehydrating agent.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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British Dictionary definitions for silica-gel

silica gel

noun
1.
an amorphous form of silica capable of absorbing large quantities of water: used in drying gases and oils, as a carrier for catalysts and an anticaking agent for cosmetics
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silica gel

a highly porous, noncrystalline form of silica used to remove moisture from gases and liquids, to thicken liquids, to impart a dull surface to paints and synthetic films, and for other purposes.

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