re·​sorp·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce resorption (audio)
: the action or process of resorbing something
resorptive adjective

Examples of resorption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One study showed that osteoporosis patients who consume kefir may experience quicker bone remodeling and less bone resorption (when bone tissue is broken down, which at higher rates can weaken bones). Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2024 Fossil remnants from Fanjingshania hint at extensive resorption and remodeling, which would normally be associated with the development of skeletal structures in bony fish including humans. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 At the end of the study, the researchers saw a significant decrease in biomarkers of bone resorption in the men who ate prunes. Chris Mohr, Phd, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 The degree of turn over between CSF production and resorption is critical. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Osteoclasts use enzymes to break down the old tissue and send its salvageable components back into the bloodstream through a process called resorption. Alex Schwartz, Popular Science, 5 Feb. 2020 Years of facial movements lead to wrinkles, the skin loses elasticity, and the face loses volume due to fat atrophy and bone resorption. Dallas News, 23 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Latin resorbēre

First Known Use

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resorption was circa 1820

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“Resorption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


re·​sorp·​tion (ˈ)rē-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce resorption (audio) -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce resorption (audio)
: the action or process of resorbing something
age-related bone loss … is caused by a slight but persistent elevation in the rate of bone resorption over the rate of bone formationP. S. Millard et al.

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