Definition of desiccant in English:

desiccant

noun

  • A hygroscopic substance used as a drying agent.

    ‘natural desiccants cause fleas to dehydrate and die’
    mass noun ‘a small packet of desiccant to absorb any moisture’
    • ‘However, desiccants contain chemical agents that may be toxic to children, pets, and the chemically sensitive.’
    • ‘One ingredient found in almost all tablet or capsule containers is a desiccant - cotton batten or a small canister containing a harmless, water-absorbing compound.’
    • ‘Anhydrous sodium hydroxide is another common laboratory desiccant, or substance that removes water.’
    • ‘Unlike cooling-based dehumidifiers, which cool the air to condense moisture, desiccants attract moisture molecules directly from the air and release them into an exhaust air stream.’
    • ‘Silica gel isn't a true gel, but a granulated chemical desiccant composed partly of silicon.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin desiccant- ‘making thoroughly dry’, from the verb desiccare.

Pronunciation

desiccant

/ˈdɛsɪk(ə)nt/