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absorbance

[ ab-sawr-buhns, -zawr- ]
/ æbˈsɔr bəns, -ˈzɔr- /
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noun Physics.
the capacity of a substance to absorb radiation, expressed as the common logarithm of the reciprocal of the transmittance of the substance.
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Also ab·sorb·an·cy [ab-sawr-buhn-see, -zawr-] /æbˈsɔr bən si, -ˈzɔr-/ .

Origin of absorbance

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

absorbance
/ (əbˈsɔːbəns, -ˈzɔː-) /

noun
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

absorbance
[ əb-zôrbəns ]

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