desiccation meaning, desiccation definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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desiccate

  

      vb  
1    tr   to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate  
2    tr   to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry  
3    intr   to become dried up  
     (C16: from Latin desiccare to dry up, from de- + siccare to dry, from siccus dry)  
   desiccation             n  
  desiccative      adj  
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