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Desiccate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    desiccate adj : lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"; "a desiccate romance"; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo [syn: arid, desiccated] v
  1. preserve by removing all water and liquids from; "carry dehydrated food on your camping trip" [syn: dehydrate]
  2. remove water from; "All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me" [syn: dehydrate]
  3. lose water or moisture; "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly" [syn: dehydrate, dry up] [ant: hydrate]
Desiccate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Desiccate \Des"ic*cate\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desiccated; p. pr. & vb. n. Desiccating.] [L. desiccatus, p. p. of desiccare to dry up; de- + siccare to dry, siccus dry. See Sack wine.] To dry up; to deprive or exhaust of moisture; to preserve by drying; as, to desiccate fish or fruit. Bodies desiccated by heat or age. --Bacon.
Desiccate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Desiccate \Des"ic*cate\, v. i. To become dry.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Desiccate'


Desiccation is the state of extreme dryness, or the process of extreme drying. A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains such a state in its local vicinity in a moderately-well sealed container.

In science, a desiccator is a heavy glass or plastic container used in practical chemistry for making or keeping small amounts of material very dry. The material is placed on a shelf, and a drying agent or desiccant, such as dry silica gel or anhydrous sodium hydroxide, is placed below the shelf.

Often some sort of humidity indicator is included in the desiccator to show, by color changes, the level of humidity. These indicators are in the form of indicator plugs or indicator cards. The active chemical is cobalt chloride (CoCl2). Anhydrous cobalt chloride is blue. When it bonds with two water molecules, (CoCl2•2H2O), it turns purple. Further hydration results in the pink hexaaquacobalt(II) chloride complex 2+.

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