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Any substance that actively absorbs or consumes unwanted impurities and pollutants in a system. For example, vapor phase inhibitors are used to scavenge hydrogen sulfide before it can tarnish silver. See Hydrogen sulfide scavenger and Oxygen scavenger.

Synonyms and Related Terms

getter; vapor phase inhibitor; activated charcoal; activated carbon; charcoal cloth; Purafilter; Pacific silvercloth; Ageless®; Scavengel [Art Preservation Services]

Resources and Citations

  • AIC Conservation Wiki: Exhibit Technical Notes: Environmental Control
  • Exhibit Guidelines Technical Note: Using Pollutant Absorbers Inside an Exhibit Case
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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