Definitions

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

  • n. The process of sorbing.
  • n. The state of being sorbed.

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  • n. Either of the processes of absorption and adsorption

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  • n. the process in which one substance takes up or holds another (by either absorption or adsorption)

Etymologies

Back-formation from absorption and adsorption.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • More recently, however, Adam Bruckner, Steven Coons, and John Williams of the University of Washington undertook a study in which instead of compressing the air, they simply employed a fan to blow it against a zeolite sorption bed.27 Zeolite is an extreme desiccant, and can be used to reduce atmospheric water vapor concentrations to a few parts per billion, well below even Martian humidity.

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  • Phosphorus sorption characteristics of productive and unproductive Niger soils.

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  • More information: Pimenidou P, Rickett G, Dupont V, Twigg MV, 'High purity H2 by sorption-enhanced chemical looping reforming of waste cooking oil in a packed bed reactor', is available online ahead of print publication in Bioresource Technology, doi: 10.1016/j. biortech.2010.06.079

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  • Adsorption experiments with methanol show that the overall adsorption capacities of nanoparticles and bulk are almost identical, but the shapes of the sorption isotherms differ significantly and the adsorption kinetics increase dramatically.

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  • "Given the rapid sorption and persistence of high levels of nicotine on indoor surfaces, including clothing and human skin, our findings indicate that third-hand smoke represents an unappreciated health hazard through dermal exposure, dust inhalation and ingestion," said lead author Mohamad Sleiman, also of Berkeley Lab.

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  • Water sorption leads to aggregation, inactivation, and structural changes of alpha-CT as has been similarly shown to occur for many other proteins.

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  • First, we investigated the consequences of moisture sorption on the stability and structural conformation of the model enzyme alpha-chymotrypsin (alpha-CT) under controlled humidity conditions.

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  • Nevertheless, solid protein pharmaceuticals can also suffer from instability problems due to moisture sorption.

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