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- ‘The new materials allow medical-device manufacturers to incorporate specific properties such as hardness, water permeability, and UV-light absorbency.’
- ‘It also has a very high moisture absorbency (12% of its own weight), which means that your perspiration is evaporated quickly through it, leaving you more comfortable on hot days.’
- ‘The reason a bleaching process is used is to increase absorbency of rayon, a common component of tampons (note: tampons are not sterile).’
- ‘So the Holy Grail really is to try to design athletic footwear that is very light, that is very flexible, that has specific areas of high shock absorbency or shock attenuation, whatever you want to call it.’
- ‘To reach the dual goals of efficiency and noise reduction, Gibson and her staff are pairing hard-surface flooring with ceiling tile that's very high in sound absorbency.’
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