re·​ab·​sorp·​tion ˌrē-əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce reabsorption (audio)
: the act or process of absorbing something again or of being absorbed again
sodium reabsorption during sweating
reabsorption of light
drugs blocking reabsorption of serotonin by nerve endings

Examples of reabsorption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These increase dopamine by blocking its reabsorption or directly stimulating its production [14]. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 SSRIs increase the amount of serotonin available in the brain by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin by the neurons. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2023 This helps prevent the reabsorption of THC metabolites in your digestive system. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2023 Reclast is in the most common class of osteoporosis treatments: the bisphosphonates, which work by slowing down bone reabsorption by the osteoclasts, giving the osteoblasts time to regrow bone. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2022 That gene was also related to salt reabsorption in the kidneys, another function no longer necessary in the salty ocean. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 25 Sep. 2019 Hyperforin, on the other hand, inhibits the reabsorption of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin, causing these neurotransmitters to bind to other receptors, triggering a better response in the body and alleviating the symptoms of depression. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2021 Consequently, treatment of osteoporosis either reduces bone reabsorption or increases bone growth. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2022 His goal over the long term would be de facto reabsorption. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reabsorption was in 1718

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“Reabsorption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


re·​ab·​sorp·​tion -ˈsȯrp-shən, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce reabsorption (audio)
: the act, process, or condition of absorbing again or of being absorbed again
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