Absorbent Definition

əb-zôrbənt, -sôr-
absorbents
adjective
Capable of absorbing moisture, light rays, etc.
Webster's New World

Having the ability or tendency to absorb; able to soak up liquid easily; absorptive. [First attested in the early 18th century.]

Those paper towels were amazingly absorbent. That was quite a spill.
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noun
absorbents
A thing or substance that absorbs.
Webster's New World

Anything which absorbs. [First attested in the early 18th century.]

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(physiology, pluralized, now rare) The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]

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(medicine) Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance, e.g., iodine, which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.

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(chemistry) A liquid used in the process of separating gases or volatile liquids, in oil refining.
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Other Word Forms of Absorbent

Noun

Singular:
absorbent
Plural:
absorbents

Origin of Absorbent

  • From Latin absorbēns, present active participle of absorbeō (“absorb”).

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