Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century
Dryness through removal or loss of moisture
The process of preserving food through dehydration
Examples of Desiccation in a sentence
"The archaeologists were surprised by the level of desiccation that had occurred thanks to the dryness in the caves. "
"His process of desiccation takes a few days, but it makes the perfect dried fruit for homemade granola."
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Desiccation is the noun form of the verb desiccate, meaning to dry up. Desiccation is the process of the drying action. You can desiccate meat in order to achieve desiccation of the food. Then don’t forget the adjective, desiccated, to describe that jerky.
Did you Know?
Desiccation isn’t just drying off with a towel after your shower. It’s the process of extreme drying, such as when plants are exposed to drought. There are also manmade forms of desiccation, used in a laboratory, or commonly in the oil and gas industry. Then you’ll find desiccation necessary in the kitchen when you want to use dried coconut or cranberries in your baking.