Desiccant

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Desiccant Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    desiccant n : a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture) [syn: drying agent, drier, sicative]
Desiccant Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Desiccant \De*sic"cant\, a. [L. desiccans, p. pr. of desiccare. See Desiccate.] Drying; desiccative. -- n. (Med.) A medicine or application for drying up a sore. --Wiseman.
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A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its local vicinity in a moderately well-sealed container.

Commonly encountered pre-packaged desiccants are solids, and work through absorption or adsorption of water, or a combination of the two. Desiccants for specialized purposes may be in forms other than solid, and may work through other principles, such as chemical bonding of water molecules.

Pre-packaged desiccant is most commonly used to remove excessive humidity that would normally degrade or even destroy products sensitive to moisture. Some commonly used as desiccants are: Silica gel, calcium sulfate, calcium chloride, montmorillonite clay, and molecular sieves.

Rice is a common "low-tech" alternative frequently used, for example, in salt-shakers to maintain granularity of table salt for effective pouring or shaking. Rice, however, is not a good general purpose desiccant since, unless immersed in an organism-hostile environment like pure salt, over time may be eaten by creatures that might in turn contaminate the product that is being preserved. Salt itself is another effective desiccant, used for millennia in preparation of dried food and also to mummify corpses.

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  • Decorated Packaging combines IML and desiccant closures.
    With in-mold labeling (IML) and desiccant closures, Brilliance®Tube is optimally suited for effervescent tablets and also work with conventional or coated tablets as well as other solid pharmaceutical products. Design completely protects contents against light and moisture, while geometry of tube base ensures compatibility with standard commercial sales trays. Up Read more on this news related to 'Desiccant'
  • Desiccant wheel dryers sized just right for medical molders, extruders
    New compact dryers from Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) that can be mounted on the feed throat of a molding machine or extruder provide the same performance as larger desiccant-wheel dryers, making them advantageous when small quantities of expensive engineering resins are processed. Suppliers serving the medical device industry and other sectors where engineering Read more on this news related to 'Desiccant'
  • BASF supports the use of ERAGON® herbicide as a harvest aid and desiccant in Eastern Canada
    MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 10, 2014 /CNW/ - BASF Canada is in the final stages of establishing import tolerances or maximum residue limits (MRLs) for ERAGON® herbicide on soybeans and dry beans for key markets around the world. As a result, BASF will be supporting the use of ERAGON herbicide as a harvest aid and desiccant on these crops in 2014. "When used as a h Read more on this news related to 'Desiccant'

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