Origin of desiccantClassical Latin desiccans, present participle of desiccare: see desiccate
a substance having a great affinity for water and used as a drying agent
A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
Origin of desiccantFrom Latin dēsiccāns dēsiccant- present participle of dēsiccāre to desiccate ; see desiccate .
- A substance (such as calcium oxide or silica gel) that is used as a drying agent because of its high affinity to water.
(comparative more desiccant, superlative most desiccant)
- Causing dryness