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Definition of the noun absorption

What does absorption mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absorptions

  1. (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid
  2. (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium
  3. the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
  4. the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
  5. complete attention; intense mental effort
  6. the mental state of being preoccupied by something

Specialised definition of the noun absorption

Glossary of pesticide

transfer of a component from one phase to another

movement of a pesticide from the environment (e.g. water, ingested food, leaf surface) across a biological membrane into an organism


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  1. Absorption: Acoustic absorption refers to a material, structure or object absorbing sound energy when sound waves collide with it, as opposed to reflecting the energy. Part of the absorbed energy is transformed into heat and part is transmitted. The energy transformed into heat is said to have been 'lost'.
  2. Absorption: In pharmacology, absorption is the movement of a drug into the bloodstream.
  3. Absorption: Skin absorption is a route by which substances can enter the body through the skin. Along with inhalation, ingestion and injection, dermal absorption is a route of exposure for toxic substances and route of administration for medication. Absorption of substances through the skin depends on a number of factors, the most important of which are concentration, duration of contact, *solubility of medication*, and physical condition of the skin and part of the body exposed.
  4. Absorption is a disposition or personality trait in which a person becomes absorbed in his or her mental imagery, particularly fantasy. This trait thus correlates highly with a fantasy-prone personality. The original research on absorption was by American psychologist Auke Tellegen. The construct of absorption was developed in order to relate individual differences in hypnotisability to broader aspects of personality. Absorption has a variable correlation with hypnotisability perhaps because in addition to broad personality dispositions, situational factors play an important role in performance on tests of hypnotic susceptibility. Absorption is one of the traits assessed in the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire.
  5. Absorption is a valid argument form and rule of inference of propositional logic. The rule states that if implies, then implies and . The rule makes it possible to introduce conjunctions to proofs. It is called the law of absorption because the term is "absorbed" by the term in the consequent.
  6. Absorption: In economics, absorption is the total demand for all final marketed goods and services by all economic agents resident in an economy, regardless of the origin of the goods and services themselves. As the absorption is equal to the sum of all domestically-produced goods consumed locally and all imports, it is equal to national income [Y = C + I + G + ] minus the balance of trade [X - M].

Phrases with Absorption

Phrases starting with the word Absorption:

  1. absorption band
  2. Absorption Line
  3. absorption unit
  4. absorption factor
  5. absorption spectrum
  6. absorption indicator
  7. absorption coefficient
  8. Absorption of Radiation

Phrases ending with the word Absorption:

  1. self-absorption
  2. Dielectric absorption
  3. coefficient of absorption

Other phrase containing the word Absorption:

  1. Fluorine absorption dating

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absorption

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Google previewHuman Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene (1854)

by Thomas Scott Lambert

Absorption is a very indefinite term, but (perhaps on that very account) very convenient for use.

Venous absorption refers to the passage of substance into the veins, though very little passes through veins, the term being adopted before ...



Gas absorption is a mass transfer operation in which one or more species (solute ) is removed from a gaseous stream by dissolution in a liquid (solvent). The insoluble component(s) present in the gas which is not absorbed is called the carrier ...

Google previewA Decade of Innovation

- Lock-In Role Rescuing Minuscule Signals from Noise, January 2003 Electromagnetic energy absorption is a ubiquitous tool for detection and quantitation of matter. Many of us were introduced to spectroscopy using a bench -top ...

Google previewIntroduction to Process Engineering and Design (2007)

by Thakore/bhatt

INTRODUCTION Absorption is an important unit operation of chemical process industries.

Google previewDermal and Ocular Toxicology (1991)

Fundamentals and Methods by Hobson

Skin absorption is a complex phenomenon.

Dermal absorption is the net result of the penetration outward margin, cutaneous metabolism, binding and permeation of a topically applied chemical into and through the different strata of the skin ...

Google previewProperties and Behavior of Polymers, 2 Volume Set (2012)

by Wiley

Absorption is a material property, usually given the symbol a, expressed in units of dB/cm, where a decibel (dB) is a unit based on ten times the common logarithm of the ratio of two acoustic energies. Alternatively, the natural logarithm can be ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Priorities in Critical Care Nursing (2013)

Nursing, Nursing by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Absorption: Skin absorption is a route by which substances can enter the ...

Google previewAtlas of Immunology, Second Edition (2003)

by Julius M. Cruse, MD, PhD, Robert E. Lewis

Absorption is the elimination of antibodies from a mixture by adding soluble antigens or the elimination of soluble antigens from a mixture by adding antibodies. An antibody absorption test is a serological assay based upon the ability of a ...

Google previewAdvances in Isotope Methods for the Analysis of Trace Elements in Man (2000)

by Malcolm Jackson, Nicola Lowe

Fractional absorption is a term used to describe the proportion of the dose that has been absorbed, and retention describes the quantity of dose that is retained in the body after urinary and other ...

Google previewClinical Research in Gastroenterology 1 (2012)

by S. Matern

Thus intestinal absorption is the major determinant for the diurnal changes of the bile acid levels in peripheral blood. After meals the delivery of bile into the intestine, the flow of bile acids towards the terminal ileum and consequently intestinal ...

Google previewNorway, and the Norwegians (1840)

In Two Volumes by Robert Gordon Latham

Mutual absorption is a good thing, but general conversation is a better. There is nothing very pleasant in premature uxoriousness, of which there are frequent displays ; MoXOamai'iTi \a\tvui{. On the other hand, the respective dispositions get ...

Google previewVitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox (2011)

How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by Kate Rheaume-Bleue

First, absorption is an issue. The absorption rate of beta-carotene is only 20 percent to 50 percent that of retinol, and it is well established that the more beta- carotene a food contains, the less it is absorbed and converted to vitamin A.26 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmetrics (2002)

by Abdel H. El-Shaarawi, Walter W. Piegorsch

There are three principal modes of human uptake of ambient toxins, namely, absorption, ingestion, and inhalation; the last one, believed to be the primary one , is dealt with in another entry (see Inhalation toxicology). Here we confine ourselves ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1976)

Volume 1 - Abrasives to Acrylonitrile by John J. McKetta Jr

However, there are a number of different ways in which these changes can be approximated for some absorption cases. One of the most frequently encountered multicomponent absorption cases is the removal of the liquefiable constituents of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition (2004)

by M. F. Fuller

Because the absorption of those degradation products that are absorbable in the small intestine is ...

Google previewPolymeric Materials Encyclopedia, Twelve Volume Set (1996)

by Joseph C. Salamone

The optical absorption spectra of standard PPV showed three absorption bands peaking at 6.12, 5.06, and 3.09 eV . The first two ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (2006)

by P. Somasundaran

presents the UV-Vis absorption spectra of a CdTe/ ...

Google previewThe Focal Encyclopedia of Photography (2013)

by Michael R. Peres

Absorption filter design used in photography. where Ii is the incident intensity and It is the transmitted intensity. The internal transmittance accounts for absorption and is defined as TA Iex/Iin where Iin is the intensity transmitted by the input ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of International Business Terms (2013)

by Jae K. Shim, Joel G. Siegel, Marc H. Levine

ABSORPTION COSTING Under this costing method (also called full costing), all manufacturing costs (variable and fixed) that are incurred in the production process are considered inventory costs of the unit manufactured and become cost of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Nutrition (2012)

by Lindsay H Allen, Andrew Prentice

Absorption,. and. Catabolism. Food sources of phylloquinone (Table 1) include green leafy vegetables as the major quantitative source. The longer- chain menaquinones, MK 7–9, are typically obtained from foods, such as cheeses or ...

Google previewDictionary of Petroleum Exploration, Drilling & Production, 2nd Edition (2014)

by Norman Hyne Ph.D.

atomic absorption 4) antiagglomerate aa as above a.a. as above AAA anomalous amplitude attenuation AAAS American Association forthe Advancement ofScience ( AACT aluminum activation ...

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Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires. (Oliver Bevan)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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