desiccant

noun
des·​ic·​cant | \ˈde-si-kənt \

Definition of desiccant 

: a drying agent (such as calcium chloride)

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But savvy DIYers have long known that the omnipresent desiccants are good for a lot more than keeping jerky dry. Seth Porges, Popular Mechanics, "8 Clever Uses for Silica Gel," 29 Apr. 2010 The previous recalls focused on inflators without desiccants. Ryan Beene, chicagotribune.com, "Takata air bag recall expands to 2.7 million more in Nissan, Ford, Mazda models," 12 July 2017 Some gardeners add a desiccant with the seed packets to reduce the moisture levels. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Warm up tomato harvest with cold protection," 6 Jan. 2018 Another method of drying flowers involves silica gel, a desiccant that rapidly removes the moisture from the flower. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to create festive and free holiday decorations straight from your garden," 4 Nov. 2017 Another five automakers are still using Takata’s ammonium-nitrate airbag inflators, with or without desiccant, including Daimler (vans only), Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Subaru. Clifford Atiyeh And Rusty Blackwell, Car and Driver, "Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles," 31 Aug. 2017 Previously the company believed that a drying agent called a desiccant stopped the chemical from degrading. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Ford says it will fight latest Takata recall," 21 July 2017 Previously the company believed that a drying agent called a desiccant stopped the chemical from degrading. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "Ford says it will fight latest Takata airbag recall," 21 July 2017 Previously the company believed that a drying agent called a desiccant stopped the chemical from degrading. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Ford says it will fight latest Takata recall," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of desiccant

1676, in the meaning defined above

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desiccant

adjective
des·​ic·​cant | \ˈdes-i-kənt \

Medical Definition of desiccant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to dry or desiccate

desiccant

noun

Medical Definition of desiccant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drying agent (as calcium chloride)

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