adsorption

noun
ad·​sorp·​tion | \ ad-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce adsorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce adsorption (audio) \

Definition of adsorption

: the adhesion in an extremely thin layer of molecules (as of gases, solutes, or liquids) to the surfaces of solid bodies or liquids with which they are in contact — compare absorption

Other Words from adsorption

adsorptive \ ad-​ˈsȯrp-​tiv How to pronounce adsorption (audio) , -​ˈzȯrp-​ \ adjective

Examples of adsorption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for the underlying mechanism, the researchers found that the surface adsorption seemed to be the nanocrystals' secret to stopping ice recrystallization in its tracks—just like antifreeze proteins. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 26 Mar. 2022 In a statement, Chemours said the site experienced a temporary increase in air emissions this year from one of its carbon adsorption units. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 June 2016 Biochar’s adsorption abilities depend on properties like its surface area, architecture, and porosity, for removing or immobilizing nutrient contaminants from water. Amin Mirkouei, Forbes, 28 June 2021 These systems, which use a technology known as pressure swing adsorption, or P.S.A., are expensive, and require maintenance. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 13 May 2021 Supposedly, the charcoal kicks off a process called adsorption that's said to help remove stains from teeth naturally, but results may vary from person to person. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of adsorption

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adsorption

borrowed from German Adsorption, from ad- ad- + (Ab)sorption absorption

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11 Apr 2022

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“Adsorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adsorption. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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adsorption

noun
ad·​sorp·​tion | \ ad-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce adsorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce adsorption (audio) \

Medical Definition of adsorption

: the adhesion in an extremely thin layer of molecules (as of gases, solutes, or liquids) to the surfaces of solid bodies or liquids with which they are in contact — compare absorption

Other Words from adsorption

adsorptive \ -​ˈsȯrp-​tiv How to pronounce adsorption (audio) , -​ˈzȯrp-​ How to pronounce adsorption (audio) \ adjective

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