Simple Definition of uptake
: the process by which something is taken in by the body, a plant, etc.
: the ability to learn new things, to understand what is happening or being said, etc.
Examples of uptake in a sentence
oxygen uptake by the body
the plant's uptake of water
a rapid uptake of liquid
She's pretty quick on the uptake.
Origin and Etymology of uptake
Scots uptake to understand
First Known Use: 1816
Medical Definition of uptake
: an act or instance of absorbing and incorporating something especially into a living organism, tissue, or cell <oxygen uptake> <thyroid function should be determined by radioiodine uptake studies—Journal of the American Medical Association>
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