from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A closed glass vessel containing a desiccant (such as silica gel) used in laboratories for drying materials or for keeping them dry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, desiccates.
  • n. A short glass jar fitted with an air-tight cover, and containing some desiccating agent, as sulphuric acid, phosphorus pentoxide, or calcium chloride, above which is supported on a perforated platform the material to be dried, or preserved from moisture.
  • n. A machine or apparatus for drying fruit, milk, etc., usually by the aid of heat; an evaporator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which desiccates or dries.
  • n. Same as exsiccator.


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  • On my first day, Professor Hirata brought out a large vacuum desiccator and said, "This contains dried Cypridina."

    Osamu Shimomura - Autobiography

  • Two big air conditioners and a desiccator run constantly to keep it at 50 degrees F, and 30% Rh.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • This is how I learned to do it way back when: First, you dry the empty bottle to a constant weight, then you add the substance to be weighed in it and place the bottle in a desiccator until its weight stops changing.

    A chemistry set for tiny chemists

  • The bottle is capped with its tight-fitting stopper when it is outside the desiccator so that moisture won't get inside.

    A chemistry set for tiny chemists

  • It was, however, found impossible to obtain any crystallisation from the neutralised (BaCO_ {3}) and concentrated solution, the syrup being kept for some weeks in a desiccator.

    Researches on Cellulose 1895-1900

  • It was then warmed on a water-oven, kept in a vacuum desiccator over solid paraffin, and the weight estimated.

    Researches on Cellulose 1895-1900

  • I have kept one very conveniently in a vacuum desiccator over phosphorus pentoxide, but if of any size, the condenser deserves a box to itself, and this must be air-tight and provided with a drying reagent, so arranged that it can be removed through a manhole of some sort.

    On Laboratory Arts

  • When very accurate dry matter determinations are desired, the substance is dried in a vacuum oven, or in a desiccator over sulphuric acid, or in an atmosphere of some non-oxidizing gas, as hydrogen.

    Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value

  • After cooling in a desiccator, it is weighed again.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • _ -- The platinum bowl is washed with nitric acid and distilled water, dried by heat, and then left to cool in a desiccator.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891


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