resorb

verb
re·​sorb | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce resorb (audio) , -ˈzȯrb \
resorbed; resorbing; resorbs

Definition of resorb

transitive verb

1 : to swallow or suck in again
2 : to break down and assimilate the components of resorb bone

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Examples of resorb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Particularly porous soils can resorb up to a foot of water a day. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "California’s Water Whiplash Is Only Going to Get Worse," 23 Apr. 2018 But what happens is, a gene turns on — at least this is our hypothesis — that actually resorbs the tail, gets rid of it, during embryo genesis. Kim Zetter, WIRED, "TED 2011: Hatching Dinosaurs, One Egg at a Time," 4 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of resorb

1640, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for resorb

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

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The first known use of resorb was in 1640

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“Resorb.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resorb. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for resorb

re·​sorb | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈsȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce resorb (audio) , -ˈzȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce resorb (audio) \

Medical Definition of resorb

: 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

intransitive verb

: 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

Other Words from resorb

resorbable \ -​ˈsȯ(ə)r-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce resorbable (audio) , -​ˈzȯ(ə)r-​ How to pronounce resorbable (audio) \ adjective
resorbable sutures

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