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The electromagnetic spectrum, broken by a specific pattern of dark lines or bands, observed when radiation traverses a particular absorbing medium and through a spectroscope. The absorption pattern of an element is unique and can be used to identify the substance of the medium.
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(General Physics) the characteristic pattern of dark lines or bands that occurs when electromagnetic radiation is passed through an absorbing medium into a spectroscope. An equivalent pattern occurs as coloured lines or bands in the emission spectrum of that medium
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the spectrum formed by electromagnetic radiation that has passed through a medium in which radiation of certain frequencies is absorbed.
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The pattern of dark lines and colors made when light passes through an absorbing medium, such as a gas or liquid. The dark lines represent the colors that are absorbed. Because each type of atom absorbs a unique range of colors, the absorption spectrum can be used to identify the composition of distant substances, such as the gaseous outer layers of stars.
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|Noun||1.||absorption spectrum - the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that has passed through a medium that absorbed radiation of certain wavelengths|
spectrum - an ordered array of the components of an emission or wave
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