absorbency

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Etymology[edit]

absorbance +‎ -y

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /æb.sɔɹ.bn̩.si/, /æb.zɔɹ.bn̩.si/, /əb.sɔɹ.bn̩.si/, /əb.zɔɹ.bn̩.si/

Noun[edit]

absorbency (countable and uncountable, plural absorbencies)

  1. (obsolete) The action of absorbing.
  2. The quality of being absorbent. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
  3. (physics) The ratio of the absorbance or optical density of a substance to that of a similar body of pure solvent.[1]
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      Product benefits are quickly copied, whether it's cleaning power or diaper absorbency.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 “absorbency” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 9.