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[ab-sawr-buh nt, -zawr-]
  1. capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.
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  1. something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
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Origin of absorbent

First recorded in 1710–20, absorbent is from the Latin word absorbent- (stem of absorbēns, present participle of absorbēre). See absorb, -ent
Related formsab·sorb·en·cy, nounnon·ab·sorb·en·cy, nounnon·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, nounpre·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, nounsem·i·ab·sorb·ent, adjectiveun·ab·sorb·ent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for non-absorbent

Historical Examples

  • Such fixtures must be constructed of non-absorbent materials.

    Elements of Plumbing

    Samuel Dibble

  • At the finish the form should be clean, smooth, glossy, and non-absorbent.

  • The tubes are filled approximately one-third full, then plugged with non-absorbent cotton and sterilized.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • The table top should be of hard wood or some non-absorbent material, jointed in narrow strips in order to prevent warping.

  • This was non-absorbent, and naturally when treated in this way the wounds became frightfully repulsive.

    Under the Red Crescent

    Charles S. Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for non-absorbent


  1. able to absorb
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  1. a substance that absorbs
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Derived Formsabsorbency, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-absorbent


1718, adjective and noun, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-absorbent in Medicine


  1. Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
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Related formsab•sorbent n.
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