Share this entry
desiccant Syllabification: des·ic·cant
Pronunciation: /ˈdesəkənt/

Definition of desiccant in English:


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.


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

Definition of desiccant in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources