Adsorption Definition

ăd-zôrpshən, -sôrp-
noun
The accumulation of gases, liquids, or solutes on the surface of a solid or liquid.
American Heritage
An adsorbing or being adsorbed; adhesion of the molecules of a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance to a surface.
Webster's New World

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.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • surface assimilation
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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.
American Heritage Science
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Other Word Forms of Adsorption

Noun

Singular:
adsorption
Plural:
adsorptions

Origin of Adsorption

  • adsorb +‎ -ion

    From Wiktionary

  • From adsorb

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

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