• Verb and adjective:
    • (RP) IPA: /ˈdɛsɪkeɪt/, /dɪˈsɪkeɪt/
    • (GA) IPA: /ˈdɛsɪkeɪt/
  • Noun:
    • (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈdɛsɪkət/

desiccate (desiccates, present participle desiccating; past and past participle desiccated)

  1. (transitive) To remove#Verb|remove moisture from; to dry#Verb|dry. [from late 16th c.]
    Synonyms: dehydrate, exiccate, exsiccate, parch
    Antonyms: hydrate, moisten, moisturize, wet
    • 1627, [Francis Bacon], “IX. Century. [Experiment Solitary Touching the Two Kinds of Pneumaticals in Bodies.]”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], London: Published after the authors death, by VVilliam Rawley; printed by I[ohn] H[aviland and Augustine Mathewes] for William Lee […], OCLC 1044242069 ↗; Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: Published […] by VVilliam Rawley. Printed by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], 1631, OCLC 1044372886 ↗, paragraph 842, [;view=1up;seq=233 page 215]:
      {...}} As in Bodies deſsiccate, by Heat, or Age; For in them, when the Natiue Spirit goeth forth, and the Moiſture with it, the Aire with time getteth into the Pores.
  2. (transitive) To preserve#Verb|preserve by drying. [from late 16th c.]
  3. (intransitive, rare) To become dry; to dry up.
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  1. Having had moisture remove#Verb|removed; dehydrated#Adjective|dehydrated, dessicated.
    Synonyms: dried

desiccate (plural desiccates)

  1. A substance which has been dessicated, that is, had its moisture remove#Verb|removed.

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