[dee-sawrb, -zawrb]

verb (used with object) Physical Chemistry.

to remove an absorbate or adsorbate from (an absorbent or adsorbent).

Origin of desorb

1920–25; de- + -sorb, modeled on absorb
Related formsde·sorp·tion [dee-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-] /diˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for desorb



chem to change from an adsorbed state on a surface to a gaseous or liquid state
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