re·​ab·​sorb | \ ˌrē-əb-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce reabsorb (audio) , -ˈzȯrb\
reabsorbed; reabsorbing; reabsorbs

Definition of reabsorb

transitive verb

: to take up (something previously secreted or emitted) sugars reabsorbed in the kidney also : resorb sense 2

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Hamdan recommends her own Shiffa Rejuvenating Eye Remedy which is designed to break down excess heme in the skin and help it be reabsorbed over time. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 Only thirteen manifestations reabsorbing the carbon fast enough, the Transoms dialed in just so. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 Washing could cause some chemicals (like those used in flea collars) to be reabsorbed into your pet’s skin, says the nonprofit organization International Cat Care. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic," 7 Sep. 2017 Beijing’s pursuit of semiconductor secrets is seen as part of its longstanding goal to reabsorb Taiwan under the mainland government. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "Taiwan’s Technology Secrets Come Under Assault From China," 1 July 2018 Patients usually notice improvement in their symptoms starting about two weeks after the procedure, and symptoms progressively improve over the course of a few months as the dead prostate cells are reabsorbed by the body. Dr. Jared G. Heiner, idahostatesman, "A new treatment for an old prostate problem | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 Aesthetic ideas drift in the air, used by one artist and then discarded, reabsorbed by another, according to ambition, means and opportunities. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless," 14 June 2018 Saarland were actually in West Germany's 1954 World Cup qualifying group, before the territory was returned to German control in 1957 and reabsorbed into the German republic., "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - West Germany Win Italia '90 Against a Backdrop of Reunification," 6 May 2018 So would-be sloth farts are simply reabsorbed through the intestines into the bloodstream. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Farts: which animals do, which don’t, and why," 3 Apr. 2018

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1720, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
re·​ab·​sorb | \ ˌrē-əb-ˈsȯ(ə)rb, -ˈzȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce reabsorb (audio) \

Medical Definition of reabsorb

: to take up (something previously secreted or emitted) sugars reabsorbed in the kidney also : resorb

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an act or instance of returning to life

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