absorbent

[ab-sawr-buhnt, -zawr-]
adjective
1.
capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.
noun
2.
something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.

Origin:
1710–20; < Latin absorbent- (stem of absorbēns, present participle of absorbēre). See absorb, -ent

absorbency, noun
nonabsorbency, noun
nonabsorbent, adjective, noun
preabsorbent, adjective, noun
semiabsorbent, adjective
unabsorbent, adjective
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absorbent (əbˈsɔːbənt, -ˈzɔː-)
 
adj
1.  able to absorb
 
n
2.  a substance that absorbs
 
ab'sorbency
 
n

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absorbent
1718 for both adj. and n., from L. absorbentem (nom. absorbens), prp. of absorbere (see absorb).
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absorbent ab·sorb·ent (əb-sôr'bənt, -zôr'-)
adj.
Capable of absorption; able to absorb.


ab·sorb'ent n.
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Example sentences
The trick to its absorbency is in the way those building-block molecules are
  arranged.
The coating imparts antimicrobial benefits and improves absorbency.
Make sure to use the lowest absorbency tampon needed for your flow.
Particle strength and absorbency also affect compaction.
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