- Any substance that promotes drying.
From desiccate + -ive
Variant of desiccate
transitive verbdesiccated, desiccating
- to dry completely
- to preserve (food) by drying
Origin of desiccate; from Classical Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare, to dry up completely ; from de-, intensive + siccare, to dry ; from siccus, dry ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seikw-, to drip, pour out from source Old English seon, to trickle, sic, small stream
to become completely dry