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[sawrp-shuh n] /ˈsɔrp ʃən/
noun, Chemistry
the state or process of being sorbed.
Origin of sorption
1905-10; extracted from absorption, adsorption, etc.
Related forms
sorptive, adjective Unabridged
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  • Handles a wide range of ph, redox, solubility and sorption scenarios.
British Dictionary definitions for sorption


the process in which one substance takes up or holds another; adsorption or absorption
Word Origin
C20: back formation from absorption, adsorption
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sorption in Medicine

sorption sorp·tion (sôrp'shən)
Adsorption or absorption.

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sorption in Science
The taking up and holding of one substance by another. Sorption includes the processes of absorption and adsorption.
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