desiccant


desiccant
1. Drying; causing or promoting dryness. SYN: desiccative. 2. An agent that absorbs moisture; a drying agent. SYN: desiccator (1). SYN: exsiccant. [L. de-sicco, pp. -siccatus, to dry up]

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des·ic·cant 'des-i-kənt adj tending to dry or desiccate
desiccant n a drying agent (as calcium chloride)

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des·ic·cant (desґĭ-kənt) 1. promoting dryness; causing to dry up. 2. an agent that promotes dryness. Called also exsiccant.

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  • desiccant — [des′i kənt] adj. [L desiccans, prp. of desiccare: see DESICCATE] drying n. a substance having a great affinity for water and used as a drying agent …   English World dictionary

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  • desiccant — /ˈdɛsəkənt/ (say desuhkuhnt) adjective 1. desiccating or drying, as a medicine. –noun 2. a desiccant substance or agent …   Australian English dictionary

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  • desiccant — desikantas statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Chemikalas, kuriuo nupurškus pagreitinamas antžeminės augalo dalies džiūvimas. atitikmenys: angl. desiccant rus. десикант …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • desiccant — noun Date: 1676 a drying agent (as calcium chloride) …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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