Definition of resorb in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈsôrb/ Pronunciation: /-ˈzôrb/


[with object] technical
1Absorb (something) again: the ability to resorb valuable solutes from the urine
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  • The best galena crystals were those recovered from the gold/sphalerite ore, where bright, partially resorbed crystals to 4 mm occurred on larger sphalerite crystals and were associated with hoppered gold crystals.
  • Most or all of these narrow exozones were resorbed in turn from the outside inwardly and new colony growth cycles of endozone and narrow exozone were developed around the new tips that increased the lengths of growing branches.
  • When nutrients are resorbed from senescing leaves, they are transported from the entire area of a leaf blade to a single output point at the base of the petiole.
1.1 Physiology Remove (cells, or a tissue or structure) by gradual breakdown into its component materials and dispersal in the circulation: bone tissue will be resorbed
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  • When adjacent to host bone, the allograft remodeled and incorporated; when isolated within the fatty medullary canal, it was more likely to be completely resorbed.
  • The pus can either drain from the surface or be slowly resorbed.
  • Furthermore, it will be resorbed if it is not needed and conversely will develop where it is required.


Mid 17th century: from Latin resorbere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sorbere 'absorb'.

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Syllabification: re·sorb

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