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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Ethanol induces stronger dopamine release in nucleus accumbens (shell) of alcohol-preferring (bibulous) than in alcoholavoiding (abstainer) rats.
Winston Churchill was famously bibulous, capable of drinking Stalin under the table, and a former Speaker kept a crate of booze under his throne.
Each ovary was first blotted dry with bibulous paper, and three subsamples were then removed from each the anterior, middle, and posterior region of ten ovaries (right or left was chosen at random) and weighed (0.0001g).
Once again, we are encouraged to reconsider long-held assumptions and to view musical development through a more refined critical lens: despite its 'informal and quaintly bibulous setting' (p.
Except, of course, for dear Philip Harben, Benny Hill came up with a matchless series of sketches, delivering a devastating impersonation of Fanny at her bitchiest best, the lady of the manor telling the peasants how to serve soup while constantly attacking the beamingly bibulous Johnnie, played by his wonderful sidekick Bob Todd.
Indeed, this parenthetical narrator repeatedly asserts his expertise on matters of consumption and its consequences, excusing the inarticulacy of the bibulous Judge Skimp with the caveat, "(It must be remembered in all these people's favour that none of them had yet dined)" (35), and reporting of tipsy Bright Young People at the races that "They went down the hill feeling buoyant and detached (as one should if one drinks a great deal before luncheon)" (145).
M 54 Al (15 PS2 AL in ntoe Murray: The Only Way Is Epic Live 5) DVD PS19.99/Two-Disc DVD Box Set PS24.9 Murray's bibulous and notoriously ntolerant alter ego embarks on his latest tour to salve the wounds of Broken Britain and vent his fervent dislike of our European neighbours in France.
Evelyn Waugh, not one to fawn on a fellow scribe, was to say that Of Love and Hunger showed Maclaren-Ross had "developed his talent well," while John Betjeman regarded the book as "one of very few modern novels at the top of the first-class." Publisher Andre Deutsch recalled that Graham Greene had once told him he thought Maclaren-Ross "possessed a touch of genius." Anyone who has read Anthony Powell's Books Do Furnish a Room (1971), the tenth volume of his A Dance to the Music of Time, will instantly recognize the character of the bibulous writer X.
(Some local Masons long contended that the sot Morgan hightailed it to Canada and lived out a bibulous life.
to see his weak old eyes glitter and hear his high chuckle of glee, was to feel a Laodicean and ashamed.' Although the ci-devant discreet epicurean and discriminating bibulous imbiber was himself now consigned by physician's warrant to a monotony of champagne-sipping and spiceless melanges, he was delighted when the Saintsbury Club was formed in London with the object of its members, among whom were numbered the elite of the men of letters, building up, or, rather, laying down, a cellar of interesting wines for the delectation and instruction of members, who would enjoy them at periodically held club dinners.
I realized he never had water touching his mouth in the morning due probably to bibulous factor, let alone a brush.
858) dreamed that "he climbed up a mountain to a palace among the clouds." He entered the palace and joined a group of bibulous immortals, among whom was Xu Feiqiong [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], the enchanting maid to the Queen Mother of the West [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].