Definition of resorb
1 : to swallow or suck in again
2 : to break down and assimilate the components of resorb bone
: to undergo resorption
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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.
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Origin and Etymology of resorb
Latin resorbēre, from re- + sorbēre to suck up — more at absorb
First Known Use: 1640
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
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