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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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This is implemented conventionally by using valves in conventional shock absorbers. Given that the synthesized design supposes the performance's relationship not to the pressure, but to displacement, this design excludes use of valves as useless.
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The PPI absorber is produced by American Paper Pak Industries, which invented the first absorber in 1960.
Hostavin PR 25 (benzylidene malonate ester) nonhydroxy substituted uv absorber with absorptivities above 100 liters has a lambda maxima at 310 nm and sharp cutoff at 350 nm.
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Design and numerical simulation of metamaterial absorbers is carried out using commercially available software, CST microwave studio (version 2011) using the parameters for materials obtained from physical measurements discussed above.
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