|adsorb (ədˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb)|
|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|
adsorb ad·sorb (ād-sôrb', -zôrb')
v. ad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
To take up by adsorption.
adsorption ad·sorp·tion (ād-sôrp'shən, -zôrp'-)
The property of a solid or liquid to attract and hold to its surface a gas, liquid, solute, or suspension.
|adsorption (ād-sôrp'shən) Pronunciation Key
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The process by which molecules of a substance, such as a gas or a liquid, collect on the surface of another substance, such as a solid. The molecules are attracted to the surface but do not enter the solid's minute spaces as in absorption. Some drinking water filters consist of carbon cartridges that adsorb contaminants. Compare absorption.