desiccation

noun
des·​ic·​ca·​tion | \ ˌde-si-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce desiccation (audio) \

Definition of desiccation

: the act or process of drying or desiccating something or the state of being or becoming dried up : removal or loss of moisture : thorough drying desiccation of soil This … led to the increasingly dry climate and eventual desiccation of all Central Asia and Tibet.— Frits Staal

First Known Use of desiccation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Desiccation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desiccation. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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desiccation

noun
des·​ic·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdes-i-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce desiccation (audio) \

Medical Definition of desiccation

: 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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