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

Examples of reabsorb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hope is that her body will naturally reabsorb them over time. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "She’s in her 20s, fit ... and facing serious COVID-19 complications months after she got sick," 20 Oct. 2020 Despite lavish expenditures by the government, the industrial pump has not been sufficiently primed for private enterprise to reabsorb workers forced out of jobs by the Depression. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "From the archives: For labor, this is 'more than a day of rest'," 4 Sep. 2020 Cover chops with a tent of aluminum foil and let rest 5 minutes, to allow chops to reabsorb juices, before slicing and eating. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Cook a Boneless Pork Chop in the Air Fryer," 27 Aug. 2020 The 22-year-old panda's fetal tissue was first discovered last week, according to the zoo, who also warned that Mei Xiang could reabsorb the fetus or even have a miscarriage. Nicholas Rice,, "Mei Xiang, The National Zoo's Giant Panda, May Give Birth to a Cub in the Next Few Days," 17 Aug. 2020 Northerners didn’t even have to work hard to reabsorb the former traitors into the fold of national identity. Richard Kreitner, The New Republic, "The Confederates Loved America, and They’re Still Defining What Patriotism Means," 30 June 2020 Many people who lost their jobs in the 2007-2009 recession became discouraged and gave up looking for work, and it’s taken a long time to reabsorb them into the labor force. Matthew Boesler,, "Where’s My Raise? The Mystery of ‘Full Employment’," 5 May 2020 But here’s the catch: Since the stars and the gas are made of the same stuff, much of the light emitted by the stars is at just the right energy to be reabsorbed by the hydrogen surrounding them. Quanta Magazine, "How the Cosmic Dark Ages Snuffed Out All Light," 2 Mar. 2020 Alcohol inhibits the production of antidiuretic hormone, preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing water and resulting in the overproduction of urine. Popular Science, "How (to attempt) to cure a hangover," 1 Jan. 2020

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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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