des·ic·cate [des-i-keyt]
verb (used with object), des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing.

1. to dry completely; dry up:
“The meat desiccated in the sun.”
2. to preserve an object, usually food, by drying:
“To desiccate fruit.”

verb (used without object), des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing.

3. to become desiccated.


1565-75; < Latin dēsiccātus dried up, past participle of dēsiccāre, equivalent to dē- de- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry; see -ate1


1. dehydrate, exsiccate.


1. moisten, dampen, wet.

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