or ab·sorb·an·cy

[ ab-sawr-buh ns or ab-sawr-buh n-see; -zawr- ]
/ æbˈsɔr bəns or æbˈsɔr bən si; -ˈzɔr- /

noun Physics.

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

First recorded in 1945–50; absorb(ent) + -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for absorbance

/ (əbˈsɔːbəns, -ˈzɔː-) /


physics a measure of the light-absorbing ability of an object, expressed as the logarithm to base 10 of the reciprocal of the internal transmittanceSee transmittance
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Medical definitions for absorbance

[ əb-zôrbəns ]


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