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absorbent

[ ab-sawr-buhnt, -zawr- ]
/ æbˈsɔr bənt, -ˈzɔr- /
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adjective

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

noun

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

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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 absorbent

absorbent
/ (əbˈsɔːbənt, -ˈzɔː-) /

adjective

able to absorb

noun

a substance that absorbs

Derived forms of absorbent

absorbency, noun
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Medical definitions for absorbent

absorbent
[ əb-zôrbənt ]

adj.

Capable of absorption; able to absorb.

Other words from absorbent

ab•sorbent n.
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