[ri-sawrb, -zawrb]

Origin of resorb

1630–40; < Latin resorbēre, equivalent to re- re- + sorbēre to swallow, suck up
Related formsre·sorb·ence, nounre·sorb·ent, adjectivere·sorp·tion [ri-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-] /rɪˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/, nounre·sorp·tive [ri-sawrp-tiv, -zawrp-] /rɪˈsɔrp tɪv, -ˈzɔrp-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for resorb


  1. (tr) to absorb again
Derived Formsresorbent, adjectiveresorptive, adjective

Word Origin for resorb

C17: from Latin resorbēre, from re- + sorbēre to suck in; see absorb
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Word Origin and History for resorb

1630s, from French résorber or directly from Latin resorbere "to suck back," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + sorbere "to suck" (see absorb). Related: Resorbed; resorbing.

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resorb in Medicine


  1. To absorb again.
  2. To dissolve and assimilate such things as bone tissue.
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