Deutsch: Absorption / Español: Absorción / Português: Absorção / Français: Absorption / Italiano: Assorbimento /

An Absorption is the uptake of water, other fluids, or dissolved chemicals by a cell or an Organism (as tree roots absorb dissolved nutrients in soil.)


Absorption in the environment refers to the process by which substances, such as nutrients or pollutants, are taken up or assimilated by plants, animals, or the soil. This process is crucial for the cycling of nutrients and energy within ecosystems, as well as for regulating the concentration of pollutants in the environment. Absorption can occur through various pathways, including through roots in plants, gills in aquatic organisms, or through the soil in the case of contaminants.

Application Areas

Treatment and Risks


  • Plants absorbing nutrients from the soil
  • Fish absorbing oxygen from water through their gills
  • Microorganisms absorbing contaminants for bioremediation
  • Soil absorbing pesticides and other chemical pollutants

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  • Absorption Barrier: An Absorption Barrier is any of the exchange sites of the body that permit uptake of various substances at different rates (eg. skin, lung tissue, and gastrointestinal-tract wall)


Absorption in the environment is a crucial process for the uptake of nutrients and pollutants by plants, animals, and the soil. It plays a vital role in maintaining ecosystem health and regulating pollutant levels. Absorption pathways vary among different organisms and can be utilized in various applications such as remediation and nutrient management.


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