resorb

verb re·sorb \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrb , -ˈzȯrb \

Definition of resorb

transitive verb
1 : to swallow or suck in again
2 : to break down and assimilate the components of
  • resorb bone
intransitive verb
: to undergo resorption

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Origin and Etymology of resorb

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


Medical Dictionary

resorb

transitive verb re·sorb \ (ˈ)rē-ˈsȯ(ə)rb , -ˈzȯ(ə)rb \

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 GannonWomen & Health1988
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 Health1991

resorbable

play \-ˈsȯ(ə)r-bə-bəl, -ˈzȯ(ə)r-\ adjective
    • resorbable sutures


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