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in Medicine, Remedies which by the Softness or Porosity of their component Parts, become proper to sheath the Asperities of sharp pungent Humors ; or to imbibe or dry away, as with a Sponge, superfluous Moistures.

Such are the Testaceous Pouders, Hartshorn, Coral, Crabs Eyes and Claws, calcin'd Bones, burnt Ivory, &c.

Absorbents are the same with what we otherwise call Driers and Sweetners.

The Term Absorbent is frequently confounded with Alcaly ; Alcalies having, really, the Effect of Absorbents with respect to Acids. See ACID, and ALCALY.