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Adsorption (Latin of ad – on, at + sorbeo – to absorb) – concoction (absorption) of solutes or gases on the surface of liquid or a solid.


  • Adsorption of a bacteriophage – a bacteriophage attachment to a surface of a bacterial cell which comes in case of existence at them specific receptors;
  • Adsorption of a virus – the initial stage of a viral infection which consists in a virus attachment to a cell surface.
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The weight of a human brain makes about 2% of all body weight, however it consumes about 20% of the oxygen coming to blood. This fact does a human brain extremely susceptible to the damages caused by shortage of oxygen.