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Definition of "desiccant" []

  • A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "desiccant" in a sentence
  • "Caldwell went on to say the researchers found that stirring up the bed bugs by spraying their environment with synthetic versions of their alarm pheromones makes them more likely to walk through agents called desiccant dusts, which kill the bugs by making them highly susceptible to dehydration."
  • "The researchers found that stirring up the bed bugs by spraying their environment with synthetic versions of their alarm pheromones makes them more likely to walk through agents called desiccant dusts, which kill the bugs by making them highly susceptible to dehydration."
  • "Well, many of the little meal packs dropped on Afghanistan contained one of those packets (called a desiccant) to keep the food fresh."