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A hygroscopic substance that will remove water vapor from the air. Desiccants are used as drying agents. Examples are Activated alumina, Calcium chloride, Calcium oxide, Silica gel,and Zinc chloride.

Synonyms and Related Terms

drier; drying agent; dessicant (sp)

Resources and Citations

  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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