[im-buh-bish-uh n]


act of imbibing.
Physical Chemistry. the absorption of solvent by a gel.
Photography. (in color printing) absorption of dye by gelatin, as in the dye-transfer process.

Nearby words

  1. imbecilic,
  2. imbecility,
  3. imbed,
  4. imbedding,
  5. imbibe,
  6. imbitter,
  7. imbizo,
  8. imbody,
  9. imbolc,
  10. imbolden

Origin of imbibition

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at imbibe, -ition

Related formsim·bi·bi·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for imbibition



chem the absorption or adsorption of a liquid by a gel or solid
photog the absorption of dyes by gelatine, used in some colour printing processes
obsolete the act of imbibing
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Medicine definitions for imbibition




Absorption of fluid by a solid or colloid that results in swelling.

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