des·​ic·​cant ˈde-si-kənt How to pronounce desiccant (audio)
: a drying agent (such as calcium chloride)

Examples of desiccant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The liquid salt desiccant then runs through a heat pump system to be recharged. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 29 Aug. 2023 The problem is a lack of a desiccant or chemical drying agent that would otherwise prevent the ammonium nitrate propellant from taking on moisture due to long-term exposure to heat and humidity. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 4 May 2023 Submerge your phone in a desiccant—a substance that will induce dryness by absorbing water. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2022 In the absorber units the desiccant is sprinkled through a mesh to increase the surface area as air is drawn over it by a fan. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Feb. 2023 Salt acts as a desiccant, pulling water from meat fibers. Jeffrey Gardner, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 This minimizes humidity getting into the medicine bottle and also removes the risk of swallowing the desiccant by mistake. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 Killgrove said chestnut oaks contain tannin, a natural desiccant, a type of drying agent. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2016 Step #3: Use a Desiccant Now, here's the most important part: submerge your phone in a desiccant, or a substance that will induce dryness by absorbing water. Joel Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of desiccant was in 1676

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“Desiccant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
des·​ic·​cant ˈdes-i-kənt How to pronounce desiccant (audio)
: tending to dry or desiccate


2 of 2 noun
: a drying agent (as calcium chloride)
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