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A substance added to paints and some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

[Late Latin siccātīvus, drying, from Latin siccātus, past participle of siccāre, to dry, from siccus, dry.]


(Elements & Compounds) a substance added to a liquid to promote drying: used in paints and some medicines
[C16: from Late Latin siccātīvus, from Latin siccāre to dry up, from siccus dry]
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Noun1.siccative - a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
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We know what the evolution of painting owes to the discovery of perspective, on the one hand, and to the invention of siccatives, on the other.
He added siccatives to make the oil paint dry faster and this soon turned them into leathery drak hides.
Butyric acids find use in the production of flavors and fragrances, lubricants, siccatives (drying agents) and polymer stabilizers.