absorb

[ ab-sawrb, -zawrb ]
/ æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb /

verb (used with object)

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Origin of absorb

1480–90; < Latin absorbēre, equivalent to ab- ab- + sorbēre to suck in, swallow

OTHER WORDS FROM absorb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH absorb

absorb adsorb
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Example sentences from the Web for absorbable

  • Their action is very similar to the action of giant cells in the soft tissues about absorbable foreign bodies.

  • Mineral oils (refined paraffine) also are not absorbable, and they act with benefit in some cases.

    Diet and Health|Lulu Hunt Peters

British Dictionary definitions for absorbable

absorb
/ (əbˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of absorb

absorbability, nounabsorbable, adjective

Word Origin for absorb

C15: via Old French from Latin absorbēre to suck, swallow, from ab- 1 + sorbēre to suck
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Medical definitions for absorbable

absorb
[ əb-zôrb ]

v.

To take in by absorption.
To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.
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