im·​bi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌim-bə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce imbibition (audio) \

Definition of imbibition

: the act or action of imbibing especially : the taking up of fluid by a colloidal system resulting in swelling

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Other Words from imbibition

imbibitional \ ˌim-​bə-​ˈbish-​nəl How to pronounce imbibitional (audio) , -​ˈbi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Joseph Thomas James Hewlett was a 19th-century English curate and schoolmaster who supplemented his insufficient income by writing novels. In Parsons and Widows, in which the author disguises himself as "the Curate of Mosbury," Hewlett provided us with the first known use of "imbibition" to refer to a person’s drinking, in the phrase "imbibition of a little strong beer." Until then, "imbibition" had been used scientifically to refer to various processes of soaking and absorption, or figuratively, to the taking in of knowledge. (The word is still used scientifically today to refer to the taking up of fluid.) "Imbibition" traces back to Latin imbibere, a verb whose meaning "to drink in" includes absorption of liquids, consuming drink, and appropriating ideas.

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Imbibition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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im·​bi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌim-bə-ˈbish-ən How to pronounce imbibition (audio) \

Medical Definition of imbibition

: the action or process of assimilating, taking into solution, or taking in liquid especially : the taking up of fluid by a colloidal system resulting in swelling

Other Words from imbibition

imbibe \ im-​ˈbīb How to pronounce imbibe (audio) \ verb imbibed; imbibing

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