re·​sorb (ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce resorb (audio)
resorbed; resorbing; resorbs

transitive verb

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

Examples of resorb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The devices are also far more advanced than proof-of-concept stage; the Northwestern device, a transient bandage that uses electrotherapy to both monitor and heal diabetic wounds, is resorbed into the body. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Apr. 2023 The zoo said that scientists do not fully understand why some mammals resorb fetuses. Aimee Ortiz, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2020 Particularly porous soils can resorb up to a foot of water a day. Megan Molteni, WIRED, 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, 4 Mar. 2011

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of resorb was in 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Resorb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
: 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

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
resorbable adjective
resorbable sutures

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