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

Definitions of adsorption word

  • noun adsorption an adsorbing or being adsorbed; adhesion of the molecules of a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance to a surface 3
  • noun adsorption Adsorption is the attachment of a chemical or biochemical atom, molecule, ion, or particle to a surface. 3
  • noun adsorption Adsorption is the binding of molecules or particles to a surface. 3
  • verb with object adsorption to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases. 1
  • noun adsorption The adhesion of a liquid or gas on the surface of a solid material, forming a thin film on the surface. Not to be confused with the process of absorption. 1
  • noun adsorption attraction of a substance to sth's surface 1

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Origin of adsorption

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 Adsorption


adsorption 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.
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