adsorbability

adsorb

[ad-sawrb, -zawrb]
verb (used with object) Physical Chemistry.
to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases.

Origin:
1880–85; ad- + (ab)sorb

adsorbable, adjective
adsorbability, noun
adsorbent, adjective, noun
adsorption [ad-sawrp-shuhn, -zawrp-] , noun
adsorptive, adjective
adsorptively, adverb

absorb, adsorb.
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adsorb (ədˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb)
 
vb
Compare absorb to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a substance, usually a gas, accumulates on the surface of a solid forming a thin film, often only one molecule thick: to adsorb hydrogen on nickel; oxygen adsorbs on tungsten
 
[C19: ad- + -sorb as in absorb]
 
ad'sorbable
 
adj
 
adsorba'bility
 
n
 
ad'sorption
 
n

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adsorb
1882 (in adsorbing), trans. (intrans. use attested from 1919), back-formation from adsorption (1882), coined in Eng. from ad- + -sorption, abstracted from absorption (see absorb).
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adsorb ad·sorb (ād-sôrb', -zôrb')
v. ad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
To take up by adsorption.

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