transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin exsiccatus, past participle of exsiccare, from ex- + siccare to dry, from siccus dry — more at sack Date: 15th century to remove moisture from ; dryexsiccation noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Exsiccate — Ex sic*cate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exsiccated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exsiccating}.] [L. exsiccatus, p. p. of exsiccare to dry up; ex out + siccare to make dry, siccus dry.] To exhaust or evaporate moisture from; to dry up. Sir T. Browne.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exsiccate — [ek′si kāt΄] vt., vi. exsiccated, exsiccating [ME exsiccaten < L exsiccatus, pp. of exsiccare, to make dry < ex , out + siccare, to dry < siccus, dry: see DESICCATE] to dry up exsiccation n …   English World dictionary

  • exsiccate — exsiccation, n. exsiccative, adj. exsiccator, n. /ek si kayt /, v., exsiccated, exsiccating. v.t. 1. to dry or remove the moisture from, as a substance. 2. to dry up, as moisture. v.i. 3. to dry up. [1375 1425; late ME < L exsic …   Universalium

  • exsiccate — verb /ˈek.sɪ.keɪt/lang=en to dry, to desiccate, to dehydrate …   Wiktionary

  • exsiccate — SYN: desiccate. * * * ex·sic·cate ek si .kāt vt, cat·ed; cat·ing to remove moisture from: DRY <exsiccated magnesium sulfate> ex·sic·ca·tion .ek si kā shən n * * * ex·sic·cate (ekґsĭ kāt) desiccate …   Medical dictionary

  • exsiccate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make or become free of moisture: dehydrate, desiccate, dry (out), parch. See DRY …   English dictionary for students

  • exsiccate — v. dry; become dry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exsiccate — v. a. Dry, desiccate, make dry, dry up …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • exsiccate — ex·sic·cate …   English syllables

  • exsiccate — ex•sic•cate [[t]ˈɛk sɪˌkeɪt[/t]] v. t. cat•ed, cat•ing to dry or remove the moisture from, as a substance • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME < L exsiccātus, ptp. of exsiccāre to dry up ex sic•ca′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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