Abso'rbent. n.s. [absorbens, Lat.]
A medicine that, by the softness or porosity of its parts, either causes the asperities of pungent humours, or dries away superfluous moisture in the body. Quincy.
There is a third class of substances, commonly called absorbents; as, the various kinds of shells, coral, chalk, crab eyes, &c. which likewise raise an effervescence, and are therefore called alkalis, though not so properly, for they are not salts. Arbuthnot on Aliments.