What does absorption mean?

Definitions for absorption
æbˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-ab·sorp·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absorption, soaking upnoun

    (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid

  2. absorptionnoun

    (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium

    "the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"

  3. assimilation, absorptionnoun

    the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another

  4. assimilation, absorptionnoun

    the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion

  5. concentration, engrossment, absorption, immersionnoun

    complete attention; intense mental effort

  6. preoccupation, preoccupancy, absorption, engrossmentnoun

    the mental state of being preoccupied by something

Wiktionary

  1. absorptionnoun

    The act or process of absorbing or sucking in anything.

  2. absorptionnoun

    The act or process of being absorbed and made to disappear.

  3. absorptionnoun

    An imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action, of radiant energy.

    the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc.

  4. absorptionnoun

    In living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs.

  5. absorptionnoun

    Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind.

    absorption in some employment

  6. Etymology: * First attested in 1597.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Absorptionnoun

    The act of swallowing up.

    Etymology: from absorb.

    It was below the dignity of those sacred penmen, or the spirit of God that directed them, to shew us the causes of this disruption, or of this absorption; this is left to the enquiries of men. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

ChatGPT

  1. absorption

    Absorption refers to the process by which one substance is incorporated or taken up into another substance. This can occur in various contexts like in physics, chemistry, and biology, where it can refer to processes like a material absorbing light, heat, or other forms of energy, a liquid being soaked up by a solid, or nutrients being absorbed by the body from digested food.

  2. absorption

    Absorption is the process by which one substance in a physical or chemical state becomes incorporated into or takes in another substance. It can occur at various levels, such as atomic, molecular, or ionic interactions. The term is commonly used in various scientific fields like physics, chemistry, biology, or pharmacology. In context, it can refer to light absorption, nutrient absorption, drug absorption, and so on.

  3. absorption

    Absorption is a process by which one substance becomes integrated into another, either chemically or physically. This can occur in various ways, such as when a solid absorbs a liquid, when light is absorbed by a material, or when nutrients are absorbed from food into the body. Absorption can also refer to the uptake of heat, sound, or other forms of energy.

  4. absorption

    Absorption is a process or physical phenomenon in which atoms, molecules, or particles enter a bulk phase (liquid, solid, or gas). This can refer to various science-related contexts, such as absorption of light or other electromagnetic radiation by a substance, absorption of nutrients in the body, or absorption of a gas or liquid by a solid material. It generally involves the uptake or incorporation of a substance from the surrounding environment.

  5. absorption

    Absorption is the process by which one substance is taken into the body of another, in particular it can refer to the process by which energy, light, liquids, gases or other substances are taken-up or soaked up by another substance. In biology, it often refers to the way nutrients or chemicals are assimilated within an organism's body. In physics, it can refer to the way waves (including sound and light waves) are absorbed by a medium.

  6. absorption

    Absorption refers to the process by which one substance is taken into the body or structure of another substance. This can occur through various mechanisms such as osmosis, diffusion, or permeation. Absorption can happen in various contexts including physics, biology, chemistry, or pharmacology, usually pertaining to gases, liquids, or mineral nutrients being absorbed by organisms, materials, or cells.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absorptionnoun

    the act or process of absorbing or sucking in anything, or of being absorbed and made to disappear; as, the absorption of bodies in a whirlpool, the absorption of a smaller tribe into a larger

  2. Absorptionnoun

    an imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action; as, the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc

  3. Absorptionnoun

    in living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs

  4. Absorptionnoun

    entire engrossment or occupation of the mind; as, absorption in some employment

  5. Etymology: [L. absorptio, fr. absorbere. See Absorb.]

Wikidata

  1. Absorption

    In chemistry, absorption is a physical or chemical phenomenon or a process in which atoms, molecules, or ions enter some bulk phase – gas, liquid, or solid material. This is a different process from adsorption, since molecules undergoing absorption are taken up by the volume, not by the surface. A more general term is sorption, which covers absorption, adsorption, and ion exchange. Absorption is a condition in which something takes in another substance. If absorption is a physical process not accompanied by any other physical or chemical process, it usually follows the Nernst partition law: The value of constant KN depends on temperature and is called partition coefficient. This equation is valid if concentrations are not too large and if the species "x" does not change its form in any of the two phases "1" or "2". If such molecule undergoes association or dissociation then this equation still describes the equilibrium between "x" in both phases, but only for the same form – concentrations of all remaining forms must be calculated by taking into account all the other equilibria. In the case of gas absorption, one may calculate its concentration by using, e.g., the Ideal gas law, c = p/RT. In alternative fashion, one may use partial pressures instead of concentrations.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Absorption

    The physical or physiological processes by which substances, tissue, cells, etc. take up or take in other substances or energy.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. absorption

    A term formerly used for the sinking of islands and tracts of land, instead of subsidence.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absorption in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absorption in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of absorption in a Sentence

  1. Marci Clow:

    Canned tomatoes contain even more of the antioxidant lycopene than their fresh counterpart, lycopene supports a healthy inflammatory response and has been linked to prostate health, especially when eaten with a small amount of oil to enhance absorption.

  2. Cynthia Sass:

    Vitamin C gives non-heme iron a sizable boost, upping its absorption by six times, so pair beans with foods like bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and citrus.

  3. Sir V Pritchett:

    There is nothing like a coup de foudre and absorption in family responsibility for maturing the male and pulling his scattered wits together.

  4. Lawrence Kileo:

    When the forest is logged or burned, not only does carbon absorption stop but the carbon stored in trees and other vegetation is released into the atmosphere, increasing the amount of climate-changing gases.

  5. Rob Chilcott:

    The skin is not a perfect barrier and so absorption of small amounts of chemicals from sunscreens( and indeed other skin care products such as cosmetics) is to be expected, this does not mean that sunscreen products are unsafe to use, but that appropriate safety tests need to be performed by manufacturers.

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Translations for absorption

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  • استيعابArabic
  • поглъщане, всмукване, абсорбцияBulgarian
  • absorpce, vstřebávání, vstřebáníCzech
  • Vertiefung, AbsorptionGerman
  • απορρόφησηGreek
  • absorboEsperanto
  • concentración, absorciónSpanish
  • imendumine, neeldumineEstonian
  • absorptio, sulauttaminen, uppoutuminen, imeyttäminen, sulautuminen, imeytyminenFinnish
  • absorptionFrench
  • abszorpcióHungarian
  • 没頭, 吸収, 吸い込み, 併合, 夢中Japanese
  • 흡수Korean
  • effusioLatin
  • penyerapan, absorpsiMalay
  • absorptie, opnameDutch
  • zaabsorbowanie, pochłanianie, przyswajanie, absorbowanie, absorpcjaPolish
  • absorção, concentraçãoPortuguese
  • absorbire, absorbțieRomanian
  • поглощение, всасывание, впитывание, абсорбция, поглощённостьRussian
  • апсорпција, apsorpcijaSerbo-Croatian
  • emmeTurkish

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