Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being absorbed or swallowed up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being absorbed or imbibed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface

Etymologies

absorb +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Poly-L-lactic acid is the same material used in absorbable sutures and offers an excellent safety profile.

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  • If that's the case, they may have packed the scrotum with some kind of absorbable antibiotic impregnated material and that could be what I'm seeing.

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  • Abbott's bioabsorbable everolimus eluting coronary scaffold is made of polylactide, a proven biocompatible material that is commonly used in medical implants such as absorbable sutures.

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  • His study concluded that while AdvaCAL was absorbable, it was inferior to Citracal by 20%.

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  • If there is evidence of iron tablets in the stomach, lavage with a 1-5percent sodium bicarbonate solution may be instituted as it theoretically results in the formation of the less absorbable ferrous carbonate; however, clinical benefits are questionable.

    Iron Poisoning

  • • Treatment: Rapidly absorbable sugar such as fruit juice, regular (not diet) soda, glucose tablets, glucose gel.

    57% of diabetics occasionally skip insulin shots on purpose

  • Even if you were to bite off the smallest bit of it, the poison within is so mighty that you can't absorb it because it's simply not absorbable.

    James McBride discusses Song Yet Sung

  • Julian Fellowes had a lot of explaining to do in his new costume drama series Downton Abbey, though the opening sequence probably gave us more footnotes about Edwardian grate-blacking and the pecking order of domestic drudges than was entirely absorbable amid the squawk of maids and cackling cooks and general dawn uproar of an aristocratic household being dustpan-and-brushed to its full English properness.

    Downton Abbey; Whites; DCI Banks; Inspector George Gently; Horizon

  • They held up the case in court for years until, in 2008, nearly two decades after the spill, the Supreme Court ruled that damages paid by the company would be limited to an exceptionally absorbable $507.5 million.

    Mark Engler: The Gulf at the Gas Station: Can We Calculate the True Cost of Our Dependence on Oil?

  • "By grinding it into very fine particles and sleeping and eating around it, they created a very absorbable material and they're living in it."

    Officials Widen Nigeria Lead-Poisoning Tests

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