desiccation, n.desiccative, adj.
/des"i kayt'/, v., desiccated, desiccating.
1. to dry thoroughly; dry up.
2. to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
3. to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
[1565-75; < L desiccatus dried up, ptp. of desiccare, equiv. to de- DE- + siccare, deriv. of siccus dry; see -ATE1]

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