Meaning of ABSORBENT in English

I. -bənt adjective

Etymology: Latin absorbent-, absorbens, present participle of absorbēre to absorb — more at absorb

: having power, capacity, or tendency to absorb

as absorbent as a sponge

II. noun

( -s )

1. : a substance that absorbs (as starch in pharmaceutical compounds) : a means of absorption

surgical dressings used as absorbents

2. : a liquid (as a petroleum oil) used in separating gases or volatile substances (as gasoline) in gas manufacture and petroleum refining

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