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Absorption (general)

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Process of one material (absorbate) being retained by another (absorbent). Note: The process may be the physical solution of a gas, liquid, or solid in a liquid, attachment of molecules of a gas, vapor, liquid, or dissolved substance to a solid surface by physical forces, etc. Transfer of some or all of the energy of radiation to matter which it traverses. Note: Absorption of light at bands of characteristic wavelengths is used as an analytical method in spectrophotometry to identify the chemical nature of molecules, atoms or ions and to measure the concentrations of these species. Corrected from


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