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resorb

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verb re·sorb \(ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrb, -ˈzȯrb\

Definition of resorb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to swallow or suck in again

  3. 2 :  to break down and assimilate the components of (as bone)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo resorption



Origin of resorb

Latin resorbēre, from re- + sorbēre to suck up — more at absorb


First Known Use: 1640

Rhymes with resorb


Medical Dictionary

resorb

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verb re·sorb \(ˈ)rē-ˈsȯ(ə)rb, -ˈzȯ(ə)rb\

Medical Definition of resorb

  1. :  to break down and assimilate the components of (as bone) <New bone is continually formed and existing bone continually resorbed throughout life, but peak bone mass is reached at about age 30–35.—Linda Gannon, Women & Health, 1988>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to undergo resorption <Normally, as permanent teeth develop and prepare to erupt, the roots of the primary teeth over them dissolve, or resorb.—Jack Klatell et al., The Mount Sinai Medical Center Family Guide to Dental Health, 1991>

resorbable \-ˈsȯ(ə)r-bə-bəl, -ˈzȯ(ə)r-\play play adjective <resorbable sutures>



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