[ im-buh-bish-uhn ]
See synonyms for imbibition on
  1. act of imbibing.

  2. Physical Chemistry. the absorption of solvent by a gel.

  1. Photography. (in color printing) absorption of dye by gelatin, as in the dye-transfer process.

Origin of imbibition

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

Other words from imbibition

  • im·bi·bi·tion·al, adjective

Words Nearby imbibition Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use imbibition in a sentence

  • This is especially the case when the imbibition of the cell wall is one-sided, and causes a bending of the cell.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • The moss-capsules also empty their spores as a result of imbibition-curving (in the teeth of the openings of the spore-cases).

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • The campaigner spoke of a very little affecting her as if she were alluding to the imbibition of gin, or some other stimulant.

    Caught in a Trap | John C. Hutcheson
  • A medical friend says, his experience of them is, that with few exceptions, they are all rotten with perpetual imbibition.

  • At the commencement the latter is much the greater force—hence the rapid imbibition.

    Animal Proteins | Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for imbibition


/ (ˌɪmbɪˈbɪʃən) /

  1. chem the absorption or adsorption of a liquid by a gel or solid

  2. photog the absorption of dyes by gelatine, used in some colour printing processes

  1. obsolete the act of imbibing

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