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1 The penetration of one substance into or through another, such as the absorption of water into soil, or the uptake of water and nutrients by a cell or organism which absorbs them. Contrast adsorption, desorption, ingestion.

2 A way of containing an oil spill, in which oil is absorbed onto special materials from which it can be squeezed out for reuse or disposal.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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