Definition of sorbent in English:


Line breaks: sor|bent
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːb(ə)nt


  • A substance which has the property of collecting molecules of another substance by sorption.
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    • The high surface area of the silicon dioxide makes it a natural sorbent for capturing more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide.
    • Following this is an acid gas sorbent for collection of chemical agent acid gas by-products.
    • This technique quickly removes water and nontarget compounds with magnesium sulfate and a primary-secondary amine sorbent.


early 20th century: from sorb 'take up by sorption', on the pattern of absorbent.

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