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Meaning of desiccate

des•ic•cate

Pronunciation: (des'i-kāt"), [key]
— v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to dry thoroughly; dry up.
  2. to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
—v.i.
  1. to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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