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absorbent

[əb′sȯr·bənt]
(materials)
A material which, in contact with a liquid or gas, extracts one or more substances for which it has an affinity, and is altered physically or chemically during the process.

absorbent

A material which, owing to an affinity for certain substances, extracts one or more such substances from a liquid or gas with which it is in contact, and which changes physically or chemically, or both, during the process.
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The molecules of surface-active substances become more absorbent, the more distinctively marked the asymmetry of hydrophobic groups and the larger the differences in polarity of both phases (the absorbing substance and the absorbant) comprising the adjacent surface.
Taken together, the products form a strong offering of absorbant technologies.
Si l'evolution culturelle du premier groupe a ete fortement influencee par sa specificite historique et geographique, le deuxieme groupe, lui, tout en absorbant certains elements de cette francophonie << de la frontiere >>, a aussi maintenu des liens avec la culture canadienne-francaise qui s'est developpee sous l'influence d'une elite religieuse et professionnelle au XIXe siecle.
Loctite 4861 is a high viscosity, single component adhesive for bonding porous and absorbant materials.
The gelatin in your dessert bowl and the absorbant in your baby's diapers are known technically as hydrogels.
Known as the Menopause Home Test, the product measures urine levels of FSH on a small absorbant pad and has demonstrated 99% agreement with lab tests for serum levels of FSH.
Further underlining the company's on-going commitment to innovation, it was the LINfresh Plus [R] range of super absorbant expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) trays which scooped the prize for Linpac.
Natracare products are also free of genetically modified cotton and any of the highly absorbant man-made fibres which have been associated with an increased risk of toxic shock syndrome.
Mais des 1980, epoque de grande croissance territoriale (Trejo 1997), le developpement se fait vers le nord et l'ouest de la ville, absorbant ainsi une pattie des etablissements isoles et rejoignant la zone industrielle et Jurica (Trejo 1997).
Built into the waste area is an absorbant that ensures that all the liquid is retained inside the circular cassette.