desiccant

noun
des·​ic·​cant | \ ˈde-si-kənt How to pronounce desiccant (audio) \

Definition of desiccant

: a drying agent (such as calcium chloride)

Examples of desiccant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Dry goods and some other foods can be safely stored for a long time in a variety of containers, when packaged with the appropriate desiccant or oxygen absorbers. Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020 Dry goods and some other foods can be safely stored for a long time in a variety of containers, when packaged with the appropriate desiccant or oxygen absorbers. Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020 Dry goods and some other foods can be safely stored for a long time in a variety of containers, when packaged with the appropriate desiccant or oxygen absorbers. Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020 Dry goods and some other foods can be safely stored for a long time in a variety of containers, when packaged with the appropriate desiccant or oxygen absorbers. Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of desiccant

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Desiccant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desiccant. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for desiccant

desiccant

adjective
des·​ic·​cant | \ ˈdes-i-kənt How to pronounce desiccant (audio) \

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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