|activated charcoal, Also called: active carbon a porous highly adsorptive form of carbon used to remove colour or impurities from liquids and gases, in the separation and extraction of chemical compounds, and in the recovery of solvents|
activated charcoal ac·ti·vat·ed charcoal (āk'tə-vā'tĭd)
Finely powdered charcoal treated to increase its adsorptive power; it is used in treating diarrhea, as an antidote, and in purification processes in industry.
|activated charcoal (āk'tə-vā'tĭd) Pronunciation Key
Highly absorbent carbon obtained by heating granulated charcoal to expel any gases it contains, resulting in a highly porous form with a very large surface area. It is used primarily for purifying gases by adsorption, solvent recovery, or deodorization and as an antidote to certain poisons.