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absorbent

[ab-sawr-buhnt, -zawr-]
adjective
1.
capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.
noun
2.
something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.

Origin:
1710–20; < Latin absorbent- (stem of absorbēns, present participle of absorbēre). See absorb, -ent

absorbency, noun
nonabsorbency, noun
nonabsorbent, adjective, noun
preabsorbent, adjective, noun
semiabsorbent, adjective
unabsorbent, adjective
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absorbent (əbˈsɔːbənt, -ˈzɔː-)
 
adj
1.  able to absorb
 
n
2.  a substance that absorbs
 
ab'sorbency
 
n

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absorbent
1718 for both adj. and n., from L. absorbentem (nom. absorbens), prp. of absorbere (see absorb).
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absorbent ab·sorb·ent (əb-sôr'bənt, -zôr'-)
adj.
Capable of absorption; able to absorb.


ab·sorb'ent n.
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