a form of carbon having very fine pores: used chiefly for adsorbing gases or solutes, as in various filter systems for purification, deodorization, and decolorization.
Origin of activated carbon
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called activated charcoal.
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British Dictionary definitions for activated carbon
a porous highly adsorptive form of carbon used to remove colour or impurities from liquids and gases, in the separation and extraction of chemical compounds, and in the recovery of solventsAlso called: activated charcoal, active carbon
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