name: response to desiccation
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def: "Any process that results in a change in state or activity of a cell or an organism (in terms of movement, secretion, enzyme production, gene expression, etc.) as a result of a desiccation stimulus, extreme dryness resulting from the prolonged deprivation of water." [GOC:jl]
synonym: "desiccation tolerance" RELATED 
is_a: GO:0009414 ! response to water deprivation
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