Adjective "adsorbed" definition and examples

(Adsorbed may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(of a solid) hold (molecules of a gas or liquid or solute) as a thin film on the outside surface or on internal surfaces within the material.
  1. 'This procedure leaves for measurements only these molecules that are strongly adsorbed to the glass surface.'
  2. 'Thus, the adsorption and affinity of each protein studied should be quite different when they are adsorbed on a hydrophobic surface.'
  3. 'However, the addition of solid phosphate was not used in subsequent experiments in view of the tendency of flavonoids to adsorb onto solid surfaces.'
  4. 'This is because a certain number of molecules are needed to adsorb at the surface to affect the surface tension.'
  5. 'This is most likely to be due to variation in Fe distribution within and adsorbed by plant tissues, and it was particularly evident in the root samples.'
  6. 'In typical experiments, these condensates are adsorbed to surfaces.'
  7. 'This should not be taken to mean that the steel surface must be awash in water; a very thin adsorbed film of water is all that is required.'
  8. 'It has also shed light on how the rhodium metal surface adsorbs and removes carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide gases in car exhaust converters.'
  9. 'These species may be metal ions, surface defects, or adsorbed molecules or ions with one or more unpaired electrons.'
  10. 'Very fine particles adsorb toxic gases and liquids onto their surfaces.'

More definitions

1. to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases.

More examples(as adjective)

"ions can be adsorbed on surfaces."

"doses can be adsorbed with heats."

"symmetries can be adsorbed."

"people can be adsorbed."

"molecules can be adsorbed."

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(adsorb)Late 19th century: blend of ad- (expressing adherence) + absorb.