American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of resorbing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Retrogressive absorption; specifically, a physiological process by which a part or organ, having advanced to a certain state of development, disappears as such by the absorption of its substance into that of a part or organ which replaces it.
- n. Absorption of some product of the organism, as a tissue, exudate, or secretion.
- n. In petrography, the melting of a phenocryst in a porphyritic rock and its recrystallization in situ as other minerals. This results in the formation of a resorption border in many cases about the more or less resorbed phenocryst, as when hornblende is surrounded by a black border composed of pyroxene and magnetite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of resorbing; also, the act of absorbing again; reabsorption.
- n. (Petrography) The redissolving wholly or in part, in the molten magma of an igneous rock, of crystals previously formed. The dissolved material may again solidify, giving rise to a mass of small crystals, usually of a different kind.
- n. the organic process in which the substance of some differentiated structure that has been produced by the body undergoes lysis and assimilation
“(vasopressin) stimulates the transport of AQP2 to cell membranes in the tube walls and hence increases the water resorption from the urine.”
“Ovariectomized animals show increased bone resorption, which is prevented by the administration of either estrogen or catalase.”
“Columbia University Medical Center, the researchers found that the destruction of old bone during normal skeletal regrowth - a process known as resorption - is necessary to maintain a healthy level of glucose in the blood.”
“However, its function (s) in osteoclasts, cells that slowly breakdown bone (a process known as resorption), has not been determined.”
“Researchers said it's not clear why nitroglycerin stimulates bone formation but it appears to affect bone growth and resorption independently.”
“Nitroglycerin also improved bone formation markers by 35% over the two years and decreased bone resorption, or bone breakdown, by 54%.”
“For example, how does bone formation and resorption become decoupled in space, what is the molecular basis for muscle loss, through what processes do highly energetic particles cause damage to the body etc.”
“This can be defined morphologically, but mutant mice studies show that small genetic changes can affect the timing of resorption and ossification of the bones involved.”
“Also, we know that small changes to developmental genes control the resorption and ossification of the bones involved.”
“Although drugs called bisphosphonates can slow down the body's resorption of older, brittle bone and reduce the risk of fractures in high-risk people by 30 to 40 percent, little is known about their use beyond 10 years.”
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