ad·​sor·​bent ad-ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce adsorbent (audio)
: a usually solid substance that adsorbs another substance
adsorbent adjective

Examples of adsorbent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most companies today use a variation of the aluminum adsorbents first invented 60 years ago. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023 The company uses tiny beads that look just like adsorbent beads but behave entirely differently, says CEO David Snydacker. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023 That’s just too little for today’s adsorbents to nab, says Alex Wylie, president and CEO of Calgary startup Volt Lithium. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023 That’s what helps make hair adsorbent — meaning oils stick to its surface. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Other methods include stone rollers like our picks from Revlon and EcoTools, both made from natural volcanic rock with minerals like silica, which is a natural adsorbent. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2023 Made in Turkey, this towel is equally lightweight and adsorbent. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Take some regular old acrylic knitting yarn, modify it with a special kind of adsorbent chemical, and wave it around in the ocean. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 18 June 2018 The tricky part is the second step: finding an affordable adsorbent material that will attract uranium in a marine environment and then relinquish it so that it can be processed into nuclear fuel. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 18 June 2018 See More

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Word History


adsorb + -ent (after absorbent)

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adsorbent was in 1900

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“Adsorbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ad·​sor·​bent -bənt How to pronounce adsorbent (audio)
: having the capacity or tendency to adsorb


2 of 2 noun
: a usually solid substance that adsorbs another substance
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