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absorption coefficient

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noun Physics, Optics.
  1. a measure of the rate of decrease in the intensity of electromagnetic radiation, as light, as it passes through a given substance.
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Origin of absorption coefficient

First recorded in 1895–1900
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absorption coefficient in Medicine

absorption coefficient

n.
  1. The milliliters of a gas at standard temperature and pressure that will saturate 100 milliters of liquid.
  2. The amount of light absorbed in 1 atom or in 1 unit of thickness or mass of a given substance.
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