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Dictionary Definition

absorbent adj : having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up (liquids); "as absorbent as a sponge" [syn: absorptive] [ant: nonabsorbent] n : a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance [syn: absorbent material]

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  • /əbs"ɔː(r)bənt/
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Latin absorbens, past preterite of absorbere.


  1. absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.
    Those paper towels were amazingly absorbent. That was quite a spill.

Derived terms




  1. Anything which absorbs.
  2. In the context of "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.
  3. In the context of "physiology|pluralized": The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.




  1. Form of Third-person plural present indicative, absorber
  2. Form of Third-person plural present subjunctive, absorber#French|absorber

Extensive Definition

Absorption may refer to:

Chemistry and biology

Physics and mechanical engineering

Mathematics and economics

  • Absorption law, in mathematics, an identity linking a pair of binary operations
  • Absorption (economics), the total demand of an economy for goods and services both from within and without

See also

  • Adsorption, the formation of a liquid or gas film on a solid surface.
  • Digestion, the uptake of substances by the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Flow (psychology), a state of total mental "absorption".
absorbent in Catalan: Absorció
absorbent in Czech: Absorpce
absorbent in German: Absorption
absorbent in Spanish: Absorción
absorbent in French: Absorption
absorbent in Galician: Absorción
absorbent in Japanese: 吸収
absorbent in Norwegian Nynorsk: Absorpsjon
absorbent in Polish: Absorpcja
absorbent in Portuguese: Absorção
absorbent in Romanian: Absorbţie
absorbent in Slovak: Absorpcia
absorbent in Finnish: Absorptio
absorbent in Tagalog: Absorsyon

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