to attract and bind particles of a substance in a fluid in order to form a thin layer on the outer lining by non electrostatic forces to bind by adsorption recognized from absorb when the foreign substance penetrates the human body of the taking in material
- accumulate (liquids or fumes) on top
1882, transitive (intransitive use attested from 1919), back-formation from adsorption "condensation of fumes on the areas of solids" (1882), coined in German from ad- + -sorption, abstracted from consumption. See absorb. Related: Adsorbent; adsorption.