Definition of sorbent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsôrbənt/ /ˈsɔrbənt/


  • A substance which has the property of collecting molecules of another substance by sorption.

    ‘The high surface area of the silicon dioxide makes it a natural sorbent for capturing more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide.’
    • ‘Following this is an acid gas sorbent for collection of chemical agent acid gas by-products.’
    • ‘This technique quickly removes water and nontarget compounds with magnesium sulfate and a primary-secondary amine sorbent.’
    • ‘The system uses powdered sorbent to remove chemical agents from surfaces.’
    • ‘It is used in many applications, such as in cosmetic formulations or as a low cost sorbent.’


Early 20th century from sorb ‘take up by sorption’, on the pattern of absorbent.