[ ad-sawrb, -zawrb ]
/ ædˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb /
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verb (used with object) Physical Chemistry.
to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases.
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OTHER WORDS FROM adsorb
ad·sorb·a·ble, adjectivead·sorb·a·bil·i·ty, nounad·sorb·ent, adjective, nounad·sorp·tion [ad-sawrp-shuhn, -zawrp-], /ædˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/, noun
ad·sorp·tive, adjectivead·sorp·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for adsorb
/ (ədˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb) /
to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a substance, usually a gas, accumulates on the surface of a solid forming a thin film, often only one molecule thickto adsorb hydrogen on nickel; oxygen adsorbs on tungsten Compare absorb (def. 8)
Derived forms of adsorbadsorbable, adjectiveadsorbability, nounadsorption, noun
Word Origin for adsorb
C19: ad- + -sorb as in absorb
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Medical definitions for adsorb
[ ăd-zôrb′ ]
To take up by adsorption.
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