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Definition of the noun activated carbon

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  1. powdered or granular carbon used for purifying by adsorption; given orally (as a slurry) it is an antidote for some kinds of poisons
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of activated carbon: activated charcoal
    • more generic terms: atomic number 6 / C / carbon = an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond


  1. "Activated carbon" is a book by Harry Marsh.
  2. "Activated carbon" is a book by Albert Yehaskel.
    • also known as "Activated carbon: manufacture and regeneration"


Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, activated coal, or carbo activatus, is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions. Activated is sometimes substituted with active.

  • also known as ถ่านปลุกฤทธิ์, Cărbune activ, Cărbune activat, Carbune activat, Carbune activ

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Activated carbon

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Google previewDictionary of Water and Waste Management (2005)

by Paul G Smith

activated carbon A type of carbon that has been derived from charcoal made from wood, peat, etc., by treatment of the charcoal with steam at 900 °C, or by with phosphoric acid at 600 °C, or in some other way, to increase its porosity and its ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2006)

by Sunggyu Lee

Commercial sorbents that have been used in large-scale adsorptive separation and purification processes include activated carbon, zeolites, activated alumina, silica gel, and polymeric adsorbents. Although the worldwide sales of sorbent ...

Google previewChemical Tradename Dictionary (1997)

by Michael Ash, Irene Ash

Activated carbon; for vapor phase applics. Type CAL, CPG, OL, SGL. [Calgon Carbon] Granular carbon; for fixed ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Named Processes in Chemical Technology, Third Edition (2007)

by Alan E. Comyns

A process for extracting gold from cyanide leach liquors using activated carbon. Woodhouse, G., in Trace Metal Removal from Aqueous Solution, Thompson, R., Ed., Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1986. Gupta, C.K. ...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Building Services (2013)

by David Kut

activated carbon filter [Fig ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science - (2002)

by Arthur T. Hubbard

All other things being equal, however, the fundamental adsorption properties of activated carbon should depend less on whether it is PAC or GAC, and much more on the carbon substrate and type of activation used. Application to water ...

Google previewDictionary of Ceramic Science and Engineering (2012)

by Loran O'Bannon

Activated carbon in particle sizes predominately larger than 80 mesh.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2015)

or a commercially available activated carbon product such as DFLEX®. Activated carbon is a highly porous material usually ...

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Toxicology (1998)

by Robert Alan Lewis

activated carbon (activated charcoal; active carbon), a highly adsorbent form of carbon produced by heating wood or other organic matter (e.g., coconut shells, bones) to a temperature of 800-900°C in the absence of air (and in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Brewing (2013)

Activated carbon, also known as activated charcoal (or active carbon, charcoal) is used as a filtration medium, particularly as one of usually many steps used in the purification of water destined for use in brewing. In particular, treatment with ...

Google previewCRC Dictionary of Agricultural Sciences (2001)

by Robert Alan Lewis

activated carbon (activated charcoal; active carbon) . a highly adsorbent form of carbon produced by heating wood, charcoal, or other organic matter (e.g., coconut shells, bones) to a temperature of 800- 900°C ...

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Laser Fume Extractor - Activated Carbon

The business end of the fume filtration - lots and lots of pelletized activated carbon!

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