(Of a material) able to soak up liquid easily: drain on absorbent paper towels
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- In the mid-1860s, he succeeded in mixing it with an inert absorbent material.
- The first material is acrylate, a highly absorbent material that gels with exudate fluid and is capable of absorbing up to 300 times its own weight.
- Green campaigners say home laundered cloth nappies save parents money and they are made mostly from natural fabrics while disposable nappies are made of paper pulp, absorbent chemicals and plastic.
A substance or item that soaks up liquid easily.
- There was a bit of a leak from the tanker so we put absorbents down to soak up the spillage, of about half a litre, and put a barrier up around the vehicle.
- The shola trees, which were natural absorbents, were a fount of natural water sources, says gourmet cheese-maker K. Balakrishnan, who has seen Kodai in its days of pristine beauty.’
- Some articles, however, offer scientific sounding classifications of stain removers into absorbents, bleaches, detergents, solvents, soaps, and enzymes or classifications of stains into absorbed, built-up, or compound.
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- The reason a bleaching process is used is to increase absorbency of rayon, a common component of tampons (note: tampons are not sterile).
- It also has a very high moisture absorbency (12% of its own weight), which means that your perspiration is evaporated quickly through it, leaving you more comfortable on hot days.
- The new materials allow medical-device manufacturers to incorporate specific properties such as hardness, water permeability, and UV-light absorbency.
Pronunciation: /əbˈzôrbən(t)sē/ Pronunciation: /abˈzôrbən(t)sē/ Pronunciation: /əbˈsôrbən(t)sē/ Pronunciation: /abˈsôrbən(t)sē/noun
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