[ab-sawr-buh nt, -zawr-]


capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.


something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.

Nearby words

  1. absorbance,
  2. absorbed,
  3. absorbed dose,
  4. absorbefacient,
  5. absorbency,
  6. absorbent cotton,
  7. absorbent vessel,
  8. absorber,
  9. absorbing,
  10. absorbing well

Origin of absorbent

First recorded in 1710–20, absorbent is from the Latin word absorbent- (stem of absorbēns, present participle of absorbēre). See absorb, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for absorbency



able to absorb


a substance that absorbs
Derived Formsabsorbency, noun

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Word Origin and History for absorbency
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Medicine definitions for absorbency




Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
Related formsab•sorbent n.

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