sorb-, sorpt- +
(Latin: to suck in, to swallow; to take in)
The company absorbed the two smaller companies creating one large conglomerate.2. To engross, or to completely engage the attention or faculties: The students were completely absorbed by the magic of the teacher's story telling.
3. To take up or to receive (imponderable agents) by chemical or molecular action: Not long after Howard swallows his vitamins, they will be absorbed into his blood stream.
4. To assume the burden of costs, expenses, etc.: The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, will personally absorb the small financial loss in order to continue to keep their company solvent.
5. To take in (a shock, jolt, etc.) with little or no recoil or reaction: The soft surface seemed to absorb the impact of the hammer.
6. To soak up and not to reflect: Carlos, the builder, told them that the light rays are absorbed by black surfaces and he also said that cork ceilings absorb sound.
7. Etymology: from Latin absorbere, "to swallow up"; from ab-, "from" + sorbere, "to suck in".
2. Being fully involved in doing something that a person wants to achieve: Shirley's absorbabilities while studying at the university resulted in a doctor's degree that was achieved in less time than is normally required.
It is left in situ (situated naturally) and is absorbed by the patient in from four to six weeks.
A ligature is a thread, wire, or cord used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.
Each absorbable surgical suture is assimilated into the skin and therefore it does not need to be removed.
2. A measure of the extent to which a substance transmits light or other electromagnetic radiations: Absorbance varies with factors: such as, wavelength, solution concentration, and path length.
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2. An agent that causes the soaking up or the taking in of liquids by solids: Adding the right kind of absorbefacient to the spill on the garage floor made it easier to clean up the mess.
2. Substances or products that can soak up liquids or gases: Are there differences in the absorbencies of salt water versus unsalted water for gases?
2. A product or substance which can collect liquids or gases: The new powder-like substance is a great absorbent when cleaning up the oils and grease at the auto mechanic's work shop.
2. Any substance that takes in fluids through its sensible or insensible porosity; applied in a special sense in medicine to such substances as chalk or magnesia that take in the acidity of the stomach: Certain forms of magnesium can work as an absorbent when administered as a laxative.