desiccant

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɛsɪkənt/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(desi kənt)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
des•ic•cant  (desi kənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Chemistry, Drugsdesiccating or drying, as a medicine.

n. 
  1. Chemistry, Drugsa desiccant substance or agent.
  • Latin dēsiccant-, stem of dēsiccāns, present participle of dēsiccāre to dry up. See desiccate, -ant
  • 1670–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
desiccant /ˈdɛsɪkənt/ adj
  1. desiccating or drying
n
  1. a substance, such as calcium oxide, that absorbs water and is used to remove moisture; a drying agent
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate
'desiccant' also found in these entries:
Advertisements
Advertisements

Report an inappropriate ad.