something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
Origin of absorbent
Related formsab·sorb·en·cy, nounnon·ab·sorb·en·cy, nounnon·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, nounpre·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, nounsem·i·ab·sorb·ent, adjectiveun·ab·sorb·ent, adjective
First recorded in 1710–20, absorbent
is from the Latin
(stem of absorbēns,
present participle of absorbēre
). See absorb
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Word Origin and History for absorbency
1718, adjective and noun, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb).
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Related formsab•sorb′ent n.
Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
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