absorptivity

noun

ab·​sorp·​tiv·​i·​ty əb-ˌsȯrp-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce absorptivity (audio)
-ˌzȯrp-
plural absorptivities
: the property of a body that determines the fraction of incident radiation absorbed by the body

Examples of absorptivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers also noted that controlling the microscopic structure of the sail—such as by using alternating layers of material, each only nanometers (billionths of a meter) thick—could boost its reflectivity and reduce its absorptivity. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 10 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

absorptive + -ity

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorptivity was in 1872

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“Absorptivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorptivity. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

absorptivity

noun
ab·​sorp·​tiv·​i·​ty əb-ˌsȯrp-ˈtiv-ət-ē How to pronounce absorptivity (audio) -ˌzȯrp- How to pronounce absorptivity (audio)
plural absorptivities
: the property of a body that determines the fraction of incident radiation absorbed by the body
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