[ab-sawrp-tiv, -zawrp-]
able or tending to absorb; absorbent.

1655–65; < Latin absorpt- (stem of absorptus absorbed; see absorption) + -ive

absorptively, adverb
absorptiveness, noun
nonabsorptive, adjective
unabsorptive, adjective
unabsorptiveness, noun
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absorption (əbˈsɔːpʃən, -ˈzɔːp-)
1.  the process of absorbing or the state of being absorbed
2.  physiol
 a.  normal assimilation by the tissues of the products of digestion
 b.  the passage of a gas, fluid, drug, etc, through the mucous membranes or skin
3.  physics a reduction of the intensity of any form of radiated energy as a result of energy conversion in a medium, such as the conversion of sound energy into heat
4.  immunol the process of removing superfluous antibodies or antigens from a mixture using a reagent
[C16: from Latin absorptiōn-, from absorbēre to absorb]

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absorptive ab·sorp·tive (əb-sôrp'tĭv, -zôrp'-)

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Example sentences
The absorptive power of local democracy is great, but it is not infinite.
Aid is supply driven, it does not take account of the absorptive capacity of the recipient, and it is not coordinated.
It may also help the investigators in understanding the small bowel intestinal length remaining and the absorptive integrity.
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