[ ri-sawrb, -zawrb ]
/ rɪˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb /
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verb (used with object)
to absorb again, as an exudation.
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Origin of resorb
1630–40; <Latin resorbēre, equivalent to re-re- + sorbēre to swallow, suck up
OTHER WORDS FROM resorbre·sorb·ence, nounre·sorb·ent, adjectivere·sorp·tion [ri-sawrp-shuhn, -zawrp-], /rɪˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/, nounre·sorp·tive [ri-sawrp-tiv, -zawrp-], /rɪˈsɔrp tɪv, -ˈzɔrp-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for resorb
/ (rɪˈsɔːb) /
(tr) to absorb again
Derived forms of resorbresorbent, adjectiveresorptive, adjective
Word Origin for resorb
C17: from Latin resorbēre, from re- + sorbēre to suck in; see absorb
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Medical definitions for resorb
[ rē-zôrb′ ]
To absorb again.
To dissolve and assimilate such things as bone tissue.
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