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absorb

 [ab-sorb´]
1. to take in or assimilate, as to take up substances into or across tissues, e.g., the skin or intestine.
2. to stop particles of radiation energy so that their energy is totally transferred to the absorbing material.
3. to retain specific wavelengths of radiation incident upon a substance, either raising its temperature or changing the energy state of its molecules.

ab·sorb

(ab-sōrb'), Do not confuse this word with adsorb.
1. To take in by absorption.
2. To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.
[L. ab-sorbeo, pp. -sorptus, to suck in]

Absorb

Chemistry To take up a liquid or other substance by another. 
Physiology To assimilate, take in, as occurs in the GI tract, across the skin, and across the renal tubules.
Radiation physics To attenuate.

ab·sorb

(ăb-sōrb')
1. To take in by absorption.
2. To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.
[L. ab-sorbeo, pp. -sorptus, to suck in]

ab·sorb

(ăb-sōrb') Do not confuse this word with adsorb.
1. To take in by absorption.
2. To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.
[L. ab-sorbeo, pp. -sorptus, to suck in]
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A doctor at Pims said SC had directed only for deputationists and those absorbed after transfers to come to the hearing and for them to be repatriated.
According to them, for the past ten years since the school was established, conscious efforts were made to get it absorbed into the public system, but were not successful, a development which compelled the chiefs to levy members of the catchment communities for the payment of the teachers.
Abbott added that its Absorb stent, which was sold commercially as the Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) system, has been used to treat more than 150,0001 people in more than 100 countries around the world.
The Absorb GT1 BVS is contraindicated for patients who have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to everolimus or the materials used in the device, such as poly(L-lactide), poly(D,L-lactide), or platinum.
The fact that UMass Memorial was selected as a leader site and was the first in Massachusetts to implant Absorb, he said, "was a feather in our cap, so we're pretty proud."
Abbott has completed one clinical trial called ABSORB and currently is conducting a second trial called ABSORB EXTEND to evaluate the company's bioresorbable device for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
Cai notes that changing the pH of the oceans affects plankton as well, and changes their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
Fat Absorb has a product that addresses all these concerns and at the same time, gives stable results in double quick time," said the promoters of http://www.FatAbsorbIindia.com [Fat Absorb] on its launch.
3 : to receive without giving back <The walls of the theater absorb sound.>
Following a dramatic burst in leasing velocity that led to more than 4.2 million square feet being absorbed during the first quarter of 2006, the Northern and Central New Jersey industrial market downshifted by mid year, as less than 73,000 s/f of positive net absorption was recorded in the wake of moderating demand.
An important element of CEM involves setting up crush zones at certain impact points to absorb the brunt of a crash.
Novel heart devices fashioned primarily from materials that the body can absorb or break down have made their debut in patients.