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The process of absorbing; specifically: In physiology, it refers to the movement of liquids and solutes into cells by way of diffusion or osmosis. In chemistry, it refers to the drawing of a gas or liquid into the pores of a permeable solid. In immunology, it refers to a process in which an antigen or antibody is used to pull an analogous antigen or antibody out of a solution. Compare adsorption.

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