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absorption (chemistry)

Definition:

a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid

Class:

process noun (natural processes)

Related to:

absorb

Plural:

absorptions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

imbibition

Synonyms:

soaking up

Etymology:

(in the sense "the swallowing up of something"): from Latin absorptio(n-), from...
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Macmillan British Dictionary:

soak up [transitive] | soaked up [past tense] | soaking up [present participle] | soaks up [3rd-person singular present]

if a dry or soft substance soaks up a liquid, the liquid goes into it | [informal] to spend time experiencing, listening to, or feeling something ... (25 of 100 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/soak-up

Britannica Encyclopedia:

absorption [physics]

in wave motion, the transfer of the energy of a wave to matter as the wave passes through it. The energy of an acoustic, electromagnetic, or other ... (27 of 399 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1868​/absorption

Collins Dictionary:

absorption | absorptive [adjective, derived]

the process of absorbing or the state of being absorbed | [physiology] normal assimilation by the tissues of the products of digestion | the passage ... (23 of 573 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/absorption

Wikipedia:

Absorption [disambiguation]

may refer to: Absorption (chemistry), absorption of particles of gas or liquid in liquid or solid material | Absorption (skin), a route by which substances can enter the body through the skin | Absorption (pharmacokinetics), absorption of drugs in body... (38 of 323 words, 18 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Absorption

Wiktionary:

absorption | absorptions [plural] | assimilate [synonym, sense-specific] | interception [synonym, sense-specific] | incorporation [synonym, sense-specific]

The act or process of absorbing or of being absorbed as, (obsolete) engulfing; swallowing up, as of bodies or land. | assimilate; incorporation. | [chemistry, physics] the imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action, of radiant energy; the ... (37 of 207 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/absorption

Merriam-Webster:

absorption | attention [synonym, sense-specific] | concentration [synonym, sense-specific] | engrossment [synonym, sense-specific] | enthrallment [synonym, sense-specific] | immersion [synonym, sense-specific] | inattention [antonym, sense-specific] | fixation [similar, sense-specific] | obsession [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the process of absorbing or of being absorbed ; interception of radiant energy or sound waves | entire occupation of the mind (21 of 127 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/absorption

Random House Dictionary:

absorption

the act of absorbing. | the state or process of being absorbed. | assimilation; incorporation. | uptake of substances by a tissue, as of nutrients ... (22 of 92 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/absorption

Oxford Dictionary:

absorption | absorptive [derived] | absorptivity [derived]

the process by which one thing absorbs or is absorbed by another | the state of being engrossed in something (19 of 88 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/absorption

New World Dictionary:

absorption | absorptive [adjective, related]

an absorbing or being absorbed | the fact or state of being much interested or engrossed | [biology] the passing of nutrient material, medication, ... (22 of 71 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/absorption

Columbia Encyclopedia:

absorption

taking of molecules of one substance directly into another substance. It's contrasted with adsorption, in which the molecules adhere only to the ... (22 of 66 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0802224​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

absorption | absorptive [adjective, related] | absorptivity [noun, related]

The act or process of absorbing or the condition of being absorbed. | A state of mental concentration. (17 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/absorption

Cambridge Dictionary:

absorption [entry 1]

the process of taking something into another substance (8 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/absorption 1

absorption [entry 2]

complete interest in something (4 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/absorption 2

Encarta Dictionary:

absorption

a state in which the whole attention is occupied | the uptake of liquid into the fibers of a substance | the incorporation of something into a larger ... (26 of 171 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583116​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

absorption

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "the swallowing up of something"): from Latin absorptio(n-), from absorbere "swallow up" (see "absorb")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/absorption

Online Etymology:

absorption

First use: 1590s

Origin: Latin absorptionem (nominative absorptio), noun of action from past participle stem of absorbere.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=absorption

American Heritage Dictionary:

absorption

Origin: Latin absorptiō, absorptiōn-, from absorptus, past participle of absorbēre, to absorb; see "absorb".

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Merriam-Webster:

absorption

First use: 1741

Origin: French and Latin; French, from Latin absorption-, absorptio, from absorbēre

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/absorption

Collins Dictionary:

absorption

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin absorptiōn-, from absorbēre to absorb

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/absorption

New World Dictionary:

absorption

Origin: Latin absorptio from absorbere: see "absorb"

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

absorption

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin absorption- from absorptus, past participle of absorbere "swallow"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583116​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

absorption | absorptions [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "absorption"

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Collins Dictionary:

absorption

Audio: British English pronunciation of "absorption"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

absorption [uncountable]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "absorption"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

absorption [uncountable]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

absorption [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "absorption"

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the Free Dictionary:

absorption

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Google Dictionary:

absorption | absorptions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "absorption"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

absorption

Audio: North American pronunciation of "absorption"

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YourDictionary Audio:

absorption

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freedictionary.org:

absorption

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