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[ri-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-]
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  1. the destruction, disappearance, or dissolution of a tissue or part by biochemical activity, as the loss of bone or of tooth dentin.
  2. Also called reabsorption. the selective uptake into the bloodstream of substances previously filtered out of the blood.
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Origin of resorption

1810–20; re- + (ab)sorption; compare French résorption
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Historical Examples

  • The mechanism of resorption of bone does not seem different.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, January 1900


  • Evidently development frequently is arrested, and resorption may occur before ovulation.

British Dictionary definitions for resorption


  1. the process of resorbing or the state of being resorbed
  2. geology the partial or complete remelting or dissolution of a mineral by magma, resulting from changes in temperature, pressure, or magma composition
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Word Origin and History for resorption


1670s, noun of action from resorb.

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resorption in Medicine


(rē-sôrpshən, -zôrp-)
  1. The act or the process of resorbing.
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