activated carbon

ac·ti·vate car·bon
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tuh-veyt kahr-buh n]
    • /ˈæk təˌveɪt ˈkɑr bən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tuh-veyt kahr-buh n]
    • /ˈæk təˌveɪt ˈkɑr bən/

Definitions of activated carbon words

  • noun activated carbon a porous highly adsorptive form of carbon used to remove colour or impurities from liquids and gases, in the separation and extraction of chemical compounds, and in the recovery of solvents 3
  • noun activated carbon a form of highly porous carbon that can easily adsorb gases, vapors, and colloidal particles: it is made by destructive distillation of wood, peat, etc., followed by heating the resultant product to high temperatures with steam or carbon dioxide 3
  • noun activated carbon a form of carbon having very fine pores: used chiefly for adsorbing gases or solutes, as in various filter systems for purification, deodorization, and decolorization. 1
  • noun activated carbon (chemistry) A very absorbent form of finely powdered carbon; used in purifying gases, and as an antidote for many poisons. 0

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Origin of activated carbon

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
First recorded in 1920-25

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Parts of speech for Activated carbon


activated carbon popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 3% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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