adsorb

[ ad-sawrb, -zawrb ]
/ ædˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb /

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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Origin of adsorb

First recorded in 1880–85; ad- + (ab)sorb

OTHER WORDS FROM adsorb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adsorb

absorb adsorb
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British Dictionary definitions for adsorption

adsorb
/ (ədˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb) /

verb

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 adsorb

adsorbable, adjectiveadsorbability, nounadsorption, noun

Word Origin for adsorb

C19: ad- + -sorb as in absorb
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Medical definitions for adsorption (1 of 2)

adsorption
[ ăd-zôrpshən ]

n.

The property of a solid or liquid to attract and hold to its surface a gas, liquid, solute, or suspension.

Medical definitions for adsorption (2 of 2)

adsorb
[ ăd-zôrb ]

v.

To take up by adsorption.
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Scientific definitions for adsorption

adsorption
[ ăd-sôrpshən ]

The process by which molecules of a substance, such as a gas or a liquid, collect on the surface of another substance, such as a solid. The molecules are attracted to the surface but do not enter the solid's minute spaces as in absorption. Some drinking water filters consist of carbon cartridges that adsorb contaminants. Compare absorption.
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Cultural definitions for adsorption

adsorption

The assimilation of a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance by the surface of a solid.

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