ad·​sor·​bent | \ ad-ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce adsorbent (audio) , -ˈzȯr- \

Definition of adsorbent

: a usually solid substance that adsorbs another substance

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from adsorbent

adsorbent adjective

Examples of adsorbent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This minimalist bottle is specially scaled to fit an adsorbent stick of Japanese white charcoal (included with purchase). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adsorbent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of adsorbent

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adsorbent

adsorb + -ent (after absorbent)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adsorbent

Time Traveler for adsorbent

Time Traveler

The first known use of adsorbent was in 1900

See more words from the same year

Statistics for adsorbent

Cite this Entry

“Adsorbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for adsorbent


ad·​sor·​bent | \ -bənt How to pronounce adsorbent (audio) \

Medical Definition of adsorbent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the capacity or tendency to adsorb



Medical Definition of adsorbent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually solid substance that adsorbs another substance


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!