un·​ab·​sorbed ˌən-əb-ˈsȯrbd How to pronounce unabsorbed (audio)
: not taken in by absorption : not absorbed
unabsorbed nutrients
Sucralose is the first artificial sweetener to be made from real sugar, but the molecules are altered in a multistep process that yields an exceptionally sweet substance that passes through the body unabsorbed.Reagan Walker

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Because the calories in this unabsorbed fat aren't utilized, the amount of calories entering your body decreases. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 This is because unabsorbed carbohydrate draws water into the intestinal lumen and is eventually fermented in the colon, with loose stools and gas production as the unfortunate by-products. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2020 Inadequate amounts of elastase and other pancreatic enzymes allow fats and proteins to pass through the small intestine intact and unabsorbed. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 While a gram or two of unabsorbed polyols isn’t a big deal, larger amounts sitting in the gut can wreak havoc. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 7 Aug. 2020 If the dough feels dry or there is any unabsorbed flour, add a little more water, one spoonful at a time. Lisa Zwirn, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Mar. 2021 In contrast, if the gut is irritated or inflamed, valuable food nutrients will be lost and go unabsorbed through the body. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unabsorbed was in 1768

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“Unabsorbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unabsorbed. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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