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

Examples of unabsorbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even worse, photons with less energy than the bandgap cannot do anything productive at all, and simply pass through the semiconductor unabsorbed. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 The authors are developing technology that can convert some of those unabsorbed wavelengths into colors close to silicon’s sweet spot. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 On a mechanistic level, unabsorbed polyols draw water out of your body and into your gut lumen, resulting in loose, watery stools. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 7 Aug. 2020 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

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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