Pronunciation

ub-SORP-shun, ub-ZORP-shun

Variations

 

Definition

  • 1. The process of an object absorbing (taking in) a substance.
    2. The uptake of a substance into the tissues of the body.
    Absorption may occur through capillary action, such as when water is absorbed by a sponge, or through osmosis, as when oxygen is absorbed by the lungs.

Related terms

resorption