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desiccant

Syllabification: des·ic·cant
Pronunciation: /ˈdesəkənt
 
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Definition of desiccant in English:

noun

A hygroscopic substance used as a drying agent.
Example sentences
  • However, desiccants contain chemical agents that may be toxic to children, pets, and the chemically sensitive.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin desiccant- 'making thoroughly dry', from the verb desiccare.

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