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sorb 1

tr.v. sorbed, sorb·ing, sorbs
To take up and hold, as by absorption or adsorption.

[Back-formation from absorb and adsorb.]

sorb′a·bil′i·ty n.
sorb′a·ble adj.
sorb′ent adj. & n.

sorb 2

1. Any of several Eurasian trees of the genus Sorbus of the rose family, especially a service tree.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.

[French sorbe, sorb fruit, from Old French sourbe, from Vulgar Latin *sorba, from Latin sorbum.]


A member of a Slavic people inhabiting the region of Lusatia in eastern Germany and southwest Poland.

[German Sorbe, perhaps variant of Serbe, Serb, from Serbian Srb, Serb.]


(ˈsɔːbənt) chem
(Chemistry) a material which collects molecules by sorption
(Chemistry) relating to a material which collects molecules by sorption


(ˈsɔr bənt)

a surface that sorbs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sorbent - a material that sorbs another substance; i.e. that has the capacity or tendency to take it up by either absorption or adsorption
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
absorbent, absorbent material - a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
adsorbent, adsorbent material - a material having capacity or tendency to adsorb another substance
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During the WAK study, the sorbents were tested hourly for ammonia, which would alert staff that the sorbents required changing.
The chemically and physically modified sorbents have also been investigated for their enhanced bio-sorption efficiency (Pandima and Muthukumaran 2013).
The ability to absorb oil without simultaneously absorbing water makes the aquatic plants a potentially efficient solution, as most existing oil sorbents take in water as well as oil.
One of the most economical and efficient methods for combating oil spills is oil removal by sorbents.
Usually, inorganic and natural sorbents have the ability to absorb only tens of grams per sorbent gram, and its oil/water selectivity is not very high (Wu et al.
The sorbents based on metal oxides and hydroxides are used for water purification from heavy metals and polyvalent anions.
KANEKA KanCapA provides the key chromatographic step required in a typical MAb purification process and integrates with our existing cation exchange sorbents and Mustang Q membrane chromatography, said Michael Egholm, Vice President and General Manager of Pall Biopharmaceuticals.
Among the most important advantages of the research, mention can be made of reducing pollution in surface or drinking water, reducing the cost of raw materials and increasing the rate of separation of sorbents from the sorbed pollutants in the liquid phase.
Using sorbents with varying chemistries, a particular analyte or compound class can be targeted, cleaned up, and concentrated.
Chemical and environmental engineers update scientists and engineers on advanced techniques for creating specialized sorbents with a wide range of functions and can be used to enhance the separation and/or purification of useful bioactive species such as proteins, cells, heavy metal ions, and dyes.
Nowadays natural organic sorbents are used more than the others due to their biodegradability and high sorption capacity.