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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-sawrb, -zawrb]
    • /ædˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb/
    • /ædˈsɔːbənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-sawrb, -zawrb]
    • /ædˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb/

Definitions of adsorbent word

  • adjective adsorbent capable of adsorption 3
  • noun adsorbent a material, such as activated charcoal, on which adsorption can occur 3
  • adjective adsorbent that is capable of adsorbing 3
  • noun adsorbent a thing or substance that adsorbs 3
  • noun adsorbent An adsorbent is a solid substance used to collect solute molecules from a liquid or gas. 3
  • verb with object adsorbent to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases. 1

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Origin of adsorbent

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
First recorded in 1880-85; ad- + (ab)sorb

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Parts of speech for Adsorbent


adsorbent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

adsorbent usage trend in Literature

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