Adsorption meaning

ăd-zôrpshən, -sôrp-
The accumulation of gases, liquids, or solutes on the surface of a solid or liquid.
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An adsorbing or being adsorbed; adhesion of the molecules of a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance to a surface.
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The process by which molecules of a substance, such as a gas or a liquid, collect on the surface of another substance, such as a solid. The molecules are attracted to the surface but do not enter the solid's minute spaces as in absorption. Some drinking water filters consist of carbon cartridges that adsorb contaminants.
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The adhesion of a liquid or gas on the surface of a solid material, forming a thin film on the surface. Not to be confused with the process of absorption.
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Origin of adsorption

  • From adsorb

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • adsorb +‎ -ion

    From Wiktionary