activated carbon

noun

Definition of activated carbon

: a highly adsorbent powdered or granular carbon made usually by carbonization and chemical activation and used chiefly for purifying by adsorption

called also activated charcoal

First Known Use of activated carbon

1921, in the meaning defined above

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