imbibition

[ im-buh-bish-uh n ]
/ ˌɪm bəˈbɪʃ ən /

noun

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.

Origin of imbibition

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at imbibe, -ition
Related formsim·bi·bi·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imbibition

imbibition

/ (ˌɪmbɪˈbɪʃən) /

noun

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

imbibition

[ ĭm′bə-bĭshən ]

n.

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