from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To absorb again.
  • transitive v. Biology To dissolve and assimilate (bone tissue, for example).
  • intransitive v. To undergo resorption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to absorb (something) again
  • v. to undergo resorption
  • v. to dissolve something (as for example bone, sinew, or suture) and assimilate it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To swallow up.
  • transitive v. to absorb (something which has been secreted or exuded by the same organism).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To absorb or take back, as that which has been given out; reabsorb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. undergo resorption


Latin resorbēre, to suck back : re-, re- + sorbēre, to suck up.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin resorbere, from re- ("again") + sorbere ("to suck in"). (Wiktionary)



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