sorbent

noun

sor·​bent ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce sorbent (audio)
: a substance that sorbs

Examples of sorbent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The former comprises LiCl particles, which are great at absorbing water and work as a sorbent. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2023 Summit pumps brine through columns tens of feet tall and several feet wide that are packed with the sorbent. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023 Once the adsorbent is loaded with lithium, the metal is washed off with warm water, leaving the sorbent to be reused and the water to be recycled. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023 Large vents in the retrofitted train cars would allow air to blow over a sorbent material filled in a chamber, eliminating the need for energy-intensive fan systems. IEEE Spectrum, 30 July 2022 The high surface area increases access to the sorbent and increases CO2 adsorption rate significantly, Gupta says. IEEE Spectrum, 28 May 2022 Because the system does not use high temperatures to remove CO2 from air, each module is expected to use nearly 70% less energy than liquid sorbent DAC systems. Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The water-intensive sorbent will need 10 tons of water to produce 1 ton of carbon dioxide. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The fans need electricity, of course, but the bulk of the power goes to heating up the carbon to liberate it from the sorbent. Vince Beiser, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Latin sorbent-, sorbens, present participle of sorbēre to suck up — more at absorb

First Known Use

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sorbent was circa 1856

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“Sorbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sorbent. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

sorbent

noun
sor·​bent ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce sorbent (audio)
: a substance that sorbs

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