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Definition of the noun absorption

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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 previewHuman Biology (2016)

Biology, Human biology by CTI Reviews

Skin absorption is a route by which substances ...

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 previewSeeley's Anatomy and Physiology (2016)

Biology, Human biology by CTI Reviews

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.

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 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 previewThe Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture (2014)

by Karen M. Barbera

Absorption refers to being fully and happily engrossed in the work. Job resources , of which performance management is a driver of work engagement, includes help in achieving goals. SUPPORT FOR ENGAGEMENT Performance feedback ...

Google previewCarbon Capture (2012)

by Jennifer Wilcox

Since absorption is a complex separation process, a schematic showing how the chapter is organized is presented in Fig. 3.3. As discussed in Sect. 1.6 of Chap. 1, the costs can be divided into non-technical and technical. The factors that ...

Google previewFrontiers of Solid State Chemistry (2002)

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Solid State Chemistry in China, Changchun, China, 9-12 August, 2002 by Shou-Hua Feng, Jie-Sheng Chen

and the origin of the absorption is the flexible coordination behavior of the SO3- group. This result is in line ...

Google previewNarrow-gap II-VI Compounds for Optoelectronic and Electromagnetic Applications (1997)

by Peter Capper

Band edge — electronic transitions across the forbidden gap, / The fundamental absorption is the most important and hence the most thoroughly studied optical property in most semiconductors.

Google previewAn Introduction to Biomedical Optics (2006)

by Robert Splinter, Brett A. Hooper

Absorption and Scattering Absorption is the annihilation of photonic energy while interacting with electrons, atoms, or molecules and the conversion into heat or into photons with a much lower frequency, e.g., fluorescence or ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

of Food* Decreased/delayed drug absorption Significant decrease in serum drug levels Avoid taking with antacids ( especially magnesium and aluminum types) and iron products; significantly ...

Google previewGreen's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine and Surgery (1908)

by John William Ballantyne

Spectroscopes are also made with a scale on which the wave lengths of absorption bands may be read directly. To set the scale of such instruments the D line is made to coincide with \ 589-3 of the scale. Cells or troughs, with parallel glass or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

absorption. n. The passage of one substance to another by penetration or solution. For example, the passage of liquids into the...

absorption. layer. n. An amorphous zone on the dentine surface into which adhesive agents can flow. See also ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Las-Pho, pages 1025-2048 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

INTRODUCTION Nonlinear absorption, NLA, is any process...

Google previewA Dictionary of Accounting (2010)

by Jonathan Law

See ABSORPTION COSTING. absorbed overhead (applied overhead; recovered overhead) The amount of the *overhead of an organization charged to, or borne by, the *production of that organization for the accounting period under ...

Google previewAn International Dictionary of Accounting and Taxation (2004)

Twelve Thousand Plus Entries on Accounting, Auditing and Taxation in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia by Guy Wanjialin

abnormal retirement absorption rule abnormal retirement the retirement of an asset for reasons not contemplated when the rate of depreciation is fixed, e.g. a result of casualty or obsolescence. abnormal return the return that is above those ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1824)

It has already been stated, that, during the conversion of solids into fluids, and of fluids into vapours, there is a considerable absorption of heat; and that, on the other hand, when vapours and liquids are restored to the fluid and solid form, the ...

Google previewDictionary of Pharmaceutical Medicine (2013)

by Gerhard Nahler

absorption Process by which a ...

Google previewHazardous Materials Dictionary, Second Edition (1994)

by Ronny J. Coleman

AAS Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. AAMI Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. **A" Unit (RR) A diesel unit equipped with a cab and operating controls. Abandon To cease efforts. Abandoned Site An inactive ...

Google previewAn elementary dictionary, or cyclopædiæ, for the use of maltsters, brewers [&c.]. (1838)

by George Adolphus Wigney

The term absorb, is one of great consideration in various manufactories, and the amount of absorption frequently becomes a subject of calculation in the account of profit and loss.

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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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