from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To release (something) through pores or interstices.
  • transitive v. To remove (an absorbed or adsorbed substance) from.

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  • v. To remove (or be removed) from a surface onto which it was adsorbed or through which it was absorbed

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

  • v. remove from a surface on which it is adsorbed
  • v. go away from the surface to which (a substance) is adsorbed


de- + (ab)sorb or (ad)sorb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Stripping also becomes more difficult, because the hydrocarbons do not desorb as easily due to the higher hydrocarbon partial pressure in the reactor / stripper (Section 12.5: Air distributors / steam strippers).


  • During secondary drying, temperature is increased slowly to desorb bound water until the residual water content falls to the desired range.

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  • A technique known as Resin-Wafer Electrodeionization (RW-EDI) leverages control of pH to adsorb and desorb CO2 from flue gas without the need for heating or a vacuum.


  • "Once you have enough wells drilled to properly dewater a high perm area, you expect to see more and more wells ramping up in gas production and new wells coming on line with gas as the dewatering lowers pressure and allows more and more gas to desorb off the coal.



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  • Go away from the surface to which (a substance) is adsorbed

    August 31, 2008