absorbance

noun
ab·​sor·​bance | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bən(t)s How to pronounce absorbance (audio) , -ˈzȯr- How to pronounce absorbance (audio) \

Definition of absorbance

: the ability of a layer of a substance to absorb radiation expressed mathematically as the negative common logarithm of transmittance

Examples of absorbance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the galaxy's signal tends to be a cluster of individual absorbance and emissions lines, rather than a smooth spectrum. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Simple telescope picks up hint of the Universe’s first stars, dark matter," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of absorbance

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absorbance

absorb + -ance

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The first known use of absorbance was in 1893

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“Absorbance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbance. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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absorbance

noun
ab·​sor·​bance | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bən(t)s How to pronounce absorbance (audio) , -ˈzȯr- How to pronounce absorbance (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorbance

: the ability of a solution or a layer of a substance to absorb radiation that is expressed mathematically as the negative common logarithm of the transmittance of the substance or solution

called also optical density

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