[ ăd-sôrp′shən ]
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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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Words nearby adsorption
adscription, ADSL, adsorb, adsorbate, adsorbent, adsorption, adst. feb., adstratum, adsuki, adsum, ADTS
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How to use adsorption in a sentence
Toxins are carried out of the body through a process called adsorption.Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?|DailyBurn|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The amount of adsorption depends also upon the exact nature of the sol.
Like all electrolytes its presence decreases the adsorption of chromic acid.
This is mainly because it is possible to attain a greater adsorption in a liquor.
Adsorption is often deliberately increased by a preparatory adsorption.
(b) Adsorption out of different liquids, by the same adsorbing body, is different in amount.The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
Cultural definitions for adsorption
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