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.
the ability to suck up fluid. One of the three primary attributes of SpongeBob, and the "A" in YAP. It symbolizes a willingness to "take things in" or to be "open" to things. One of the nice things about this quality is its opposite, expulsion. Just as SpongeBob is willing to be absorbent, he is just as willing to be expulsive. Both are critical, and they cannot be seperated. The two qualities compliment each other, and are necessary to each other. Just imagine if you did nothing but absorb - you'd pop. Also, if you expel too much, you shrivel. Concentration on any one of these attributes to the exclusion of the other is "dual" and leads to trouble. The path of the Absorbant is to reach mastery of both attributes, to be "nondual;" that is, to master both attributes as ONE attribute.
A material that extracts one or more substances from a fluid (gas or liquid) medium on contact, and which changes physically and/or chemically in the process. The less volatile of the two working fluids in an absorption cooling device.
A material which, due to an affinity for certain substances, extracts one or more such substances from a liquid or gaseous medium with which it contacts, and which changes physically, or both, during the process.
A solid material that takes in liquids (like a sponge). Penetration can be capillary, osmotic, solvent, or chemical. Some of the materials typically used, as absorbents are sawdust, clays, charcoal, and polyolefin type fibers.