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absorbance

or absorbancy

[ab-sawr-buh ns or ab-sawr-buh n-see; -zawr-] /æbˈsɔr bəns or æbˈsɔr bən si; -ˈzɔr-/
noun, Physics.
1.
the capacity of a substance to absorb radiation, expressed as the common logarithm of the reciprocal of the transmittance of the substance.
Origin of absorbance
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50; absorb(ent) + -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for absorbance

absorbance

/əbˈsɔːbəns; -ˈzɔː-/
noun
1.
(physics) a measure of the light-absorbing ability of an object, expressed as the logarithm to base 10 of the reciprocal of the internal transmittance See transmittance
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absorbance in Medicine

absorbance ab·sorb·ance (əb-sôr'bəns, -zôr'-) or ab·sorb·an·cy or ab·sorb·en·cy (əb-sôr'bən-sē, -zôr'-)
n.

Abbr. A In spectrophotometry, equal to 2 minus the log of the percentage transmittance of light. Also called extinction, optical density.

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