- to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases.
Origin of adsorb
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- capable of adsorption
- a material, such as activated charcoal, on which adsorption can occur
- 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)
C19: ad- + -sorb as in absorb
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Word Origin and History for adsorbent
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- Capable of adsorption.
- An adsorptive substance.
- A pharmacological substance capable of attaching other substances to its surface without any chemical action.
- An antigen or antibody used in immune adsorption.
- To take up by adsorption.
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