Literally, to absorb again. To lose substance. Some of a tooth may be resorbed.
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To reabsorb; to absorb what has been excreted, as an exudate or pus. [L. re-sorbeo, to suck back]

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re·sorb (')rē-'sȯ(ə)rb, -'zȯ(ə)rb vt to break down and assimilate (something previously differentiated) <\resorbed bone> vi to undergo resorption <the injected protein \resorbs after some days>
re·sorb·a·ble -'sȯ(ə)r-bə-bəl, -'zȯ(ə)r- adj

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re·sorb (re-sorbґ) (re-zorbґ) to take up or absorb again; to undergo resorption.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Resorb — Re*sorb (r? s?rb ), v. t. [L. reorbere; pref. re re + sorbere to suck or drink in.] 1. To swallow up. [1913 Webster] Now lifted by the tide, and now resorbed. Young. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) to absorb (something which has been secreted or exuded …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • resorb — 1640, from L. resorbere to suck back, from re back, again + sorbere to suck (see ABSORB (Cf. absorb)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • resorb — [ri sôrb′, rizôrb′] vt. [L resorbere < re , again + sorbere, to suck up: see SLURP] to absorb again resorption [risôrp′shən] n. resorptive adj …   English World dictionary

  • resorb — verb Etymology: Latin resorbēre, from re + sorbēre to suck up more at absorb Date: 1640 transitive verb 1. to swallow or suck in again 2. to break down and assimilate (something previously differentiated) intransitive verb to undergo resorption …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • resorb — resorbence, n. resorbent, adj. resorption /ri sawrp sheuhn, zawrp /, n. resorptive /ri sawrp tiv, zawrp /, adj. /ri sawrb , zawrb /, v.t. to absorb again, as an exudation. [1630 40; < L resorbere, equiv. to re RE + sorbere to swallow, suck up] *… …   Universalium

  • resorb — verb a) to absorb (something) again b) to undergo resorption …   Wiktionary

  • resorb — re·sorb || rɪ sÉ”rb / sɔːb v. absorb again, soak up again …   English contemporary dictionary

  • resorb — [rɪ sɔ:b] verb 1》 absorb again. 2》 Physiology remove (cells, tissue, etc.) by gradual breakdown into component materials and dispersal in the circulation. Origin C17: from L. resorbere, from re (expressing intensive force) + sorbere absorb …   English new terms dictionary

  • resorb — re·sorb …   English syllables

  • resorb — re•sorb [[t]rɪˈsɔrb, ˈzɔrb[/t]] v. t. med to absorb again, as an exudation • Etymology: 1630–40; < L resorbēre=re re +sorbēre to suck up …   From formal English to slang

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