Absorbent Ab*sorb"ent, n. 1. Anything which absorbs. [1913 Webster]

The ocean, itself a bad absorbent of heat. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance e. g., iodine) which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. (Physiol.) The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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