sorbent

Definitions of sorbent
  1. noun
    a material that sorbs another substance; i.e. that has the capacity or tendency to take it up by either absorption or adsorption
    synonyms: sorbent material
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    absorbent, absorbent material
    a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
    adsorbent, adsorbent material
    a material having capacity or tendency to adsorb another substance
    sponge
    a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
    absorber
    (physics) material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs radiation
    absorbent cotton
    cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax
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    material, stuff
    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
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