C17: from Latin dēsiccāns drying up; see desiccate
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Word forms: (regular plural) desiccants
(Pharmaceutical: Drugs) A desiccant is a substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness. ⇒ Desiccant is often included in packaging to maintain dryness inside the package. ⇒ Desiccants absorb moisture in humid conditions and keep the tablets dry. ⇒ A desiccant is a substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness.