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desiccate (verb) dry up something.
You desiccate food when you dry it up and remove the moisture in it to preserve it. You desiccate something when by a process you remove water from it.
- The botanists desiccated some of the species of plants in desiccators so that they could be preserved for further study.
- Desiccate a thing and what is left of it is very brittle and delicate.