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tr.v. ad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
To take up by adsorption.
[ad- + Latin sorbēre, to suck.]
(Chemistry) 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. Compare absorb8
[C19: ad- + -sorb as in absorb]
to hold (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases.
ad•sorb′ent, adj., n.
Past participle: adsorbed
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chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions