absorbtion vs absorption : Common Errors in English

About absorbtion vs absorption

Although it’s “absorbed” and “absorbing,” the correct spelling of the noun is “absorption.” But note that scientists distinguish between “absorption” as the process of swallowing up or sucking in something and “adsorption” as the process by which something adheres to the surface of something else without being assimilated into it. Even technical writers often confuse these two.

absorption Meaning(s)

  • (n) (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid
  • (n) (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium
  • (n) the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
  • (n) the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
  • (n) complete attention; intense mental effort
  • (n) the mental state of being preoccupied by something

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