1) (physics) The removal of greater than 95% of the liquid water in a material. Dehydration is usually done by heating, freezing, or desiccation.
2)(chemistry) A chemical reaction that results in the loss of one or more water molecules (H2O) from a chemical compound.
Synonyms and Related Terms
drying; dewatering; desiccation; Entwässerung (Deut.); déshydratation (Fr.); desidratação (Port.)
Resources and Citations
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998