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absorption spectrum

noun, Physics.
1.
the spectrum formed by electromagnetic radiation that has passed through a medium in which radiation of certain frequencies is absorbed.
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1875-1880
1875-80
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British Dictionary definitions for absorption spectra

absorption spectrum

noun
1.
the characteristic pattern of dark lines or bands that occurs when electromagnetic radiation is passed through an absorbing medium into a spectroscope. An equivalent pattern occurs as coloured lines or bands in the emission spectrum of that medium
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absorption spectra in Medicine

absorption spectrum n.
The electromagnetic spectrum, broken by a specific pattern of dark lines or bands, observed when radiation traverses a particular absorbing medium.

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absorption spectra in Science
absorption spectrum  
The range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation readily absorbed by a substance by virtue of its chemical composition. See more at atomic spectrum.
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