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noun des·ic·ca·tion \ˌdes-i-ˈkā-shən\

Medical Definition of desiccation

  1. :  the act or process of desiccating or the state of being or becoming desiccated; especially :  a complete or nearly complete deprivation of moisture (as by vaporization or by evaporation) or of water not chemically combined :  dehydration <from the long-wave diathermy machine two distinct currents are obtained which produce desiccation and electrocoagulation respectively—W. H. Schmidt>

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