exsiccation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin exsiccatio: compare French exsiccation.

Noun[edit]

exsiccation (countable and uncountable, plural exsiccations)

  1. The act of operation of drying; evaporation or expulsion of moisture.
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Brown, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, London: Edward Dod OCLC 216753971
      That which is concreted by exsiccation or expression of humidity, will be resolved by humectification, as earth, dirt and clay.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.