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Pronunciation: ab-sōr′bent


  1. Having the power to absorb, soak up, or incorporate a gas, liquid, light rays, or heat.
  2. Any substance possessing such power.
  3. Material used to remove carbon dioxide from circuits in which rebreathing occurs, anesthesia circuit and basal metabolism equipment.

Synonym(s): absorptive, bibulous

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