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Noun: absorption  ub'sorp-shun or ub'zorp-shun
  1. (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid
    - soaking up
  2. (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium
    "the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"
  3. The social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
    - assimilation
  4. The process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
    - assimilation
  5. Complete attention; intense mental effort
    - concentration, engrossment, immersion
  6. The mental state of being preoccupied by something
    - preoccupation, preoccupancy, engrossment

Derived forms: absorptions

Type of: action, activity, attention, biological process, cognitive state, natural action, natural process, organic process, social process, sorption, state of mind

Part of: extinction

Encyclopedia: Absorption